La Liga Preview: Real Madrid vs. Cordoba

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Updated: August 18, 2014
Real Madrid Supercup winner

Match Date: 25 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

 

Currently tagged as the most powerful squad in Europe after its impressive stint in the transfer market, going against the newly promoted Cordoba should be easy for Real Madrid. Indeed, it is one of those David and Goliath matches that will open the season. However, there is still doubt if its talismanic striker, Cristiano Ronaldo is at his 100% considering the serious knee injury that has been plaguing him and almost ruled him out of the World Cup.

 

 

The contenders

Real Madrid

Real Madrid may have performed poorly during the International Champions Cup, but its lackluster performance was merely temporary.

 

During the clash against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup, the Los Blancos overshadowed their ICC humiliation when they won the coveted trophy. The said match also witnessed Ronaldo owning the pitch when he scored the club’s winning goals.

 

In terms of form, Real Madrid has certainly added more depth to its current squad with the acquisitions of several World Cup sensation such as James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas.

 

Cordoba

Other than adjusting well to the top-flight league, Cordoba is already compelled to think of its survival this season. Apparently, its strength will be put to the test as it goes against Real Madrid. It may not have star-studded members like its opponent, but everything is possible in football. Who knows, it might even pull off a stunner in the upcoming match.

 

Possible head turners

Many are expecting to see what Kroos and Rodriguez can do for the squad. Likewise, Carlos Ancelotti’s versatility will be tested on how he can accommodate and use other top-caliber players such as Sami Khedira and Angel di Maria on the pitch.

 

What the odds say

Football betting tips will definitely go for Real Madrid which is valued to win at 1.07. However, in the event that Cordoba steals the limelight, betting odds pegged at 29.05 will prove to be very profitable.

 

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