European champions Real Madrid are expected to field the world's most expensive strikeforce - including local Welsh hero Gareth Bale - when they play Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.
Three months after winning the all-Spanish Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon, Real and Europa League winners Sevilla meet in an all-Spanish Super Cup match with the home fans delighted to be able to watch Bale in his home city.
He joined Real for a world record £85 million from Tottenham Hotspur a year ago and is expected to play in a £240m trio with Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez as the Madrid side seek to win the Super Cup for the first time since 2002.
Ronaldo signed for £80m from Manchester United in 2009 while Colombian Rodriguez, the Golden Boot winner at this year's World Cup, cost about £63m when he joined from AS Monaco after the tournament. Real also signed German World Cup winner Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich for around £30m this summer.
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Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez are all expected to start for Real Madrid, but that's just the start of it as the European Champions will throw everything at the opening match of the season. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Keylor Navas and Karim Benzema - who has just signed a new £150,000-a-week contract - are also expected to be in the starting line-up, though Xabi Alonso is suspended and will not play any part.
Sevilla will start with Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez, who was part of the deal which saw skipper Ivan Rakitic sold to the Catalan club for €20m this summer. Iago Aspas and Grzegorz Krychowiak also joined Sevilla this summer - the former on loan from Liverpool, the latter bought from Reims - and both are predicted to start.
HOW WILL REAL FIT IN ALL THAT TALENT?
Real Madrid predicted line-up v Sevilla
Carlo Ancelotti: "They had a good season. they won the Europa League with a group of players who worked well as a team and they deserved to win the title. Sevilla have changed a bit this year. In some ways they're an unknown side at the moment because they have lost some important players, and others have arrived. We'll see what happens."
Unai Emery: "How can we possibly be favourites against Real Madrid? They haven't had much time to train and won't be at their best, but that doesn't mean they're not favourites. Clearly, though, we have the ability to enjoy a great final, and win."
The last 11 Super Cups have alternated between Champions League winners and UEFA Cup/Europa League winners. Sevilla need to win on Tuesday for the trend to continue.
This is the first all-Spanish Super Cup match since 2006, which also saw Sevilla take part. They beat Barcelona 3-0 to win that year.
The last 13 league matches between these two sides have seen 64 goals, averaging almost five per game.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 Liga goals against Sevilla, more than he has against any other side.
Real Madrid 1/5, Sevilla 7/2
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