Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt - UEFA Super Cup Preview & Potential Line-ups
Helsinki Olympic Stadium forms the backdrop for the 2022 UEFA Super Cup showpiece as reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid meet Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
Vinicius Junior scored the winning goal as Real Madrid stunned more heavily fancied Liverpool 1-0 in last season's Champions League final to set up their eighth appearance in the UEFA Super Cup.
On the other hand, Frankfurt needed a nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out to overcome Rangers in the 2022 Europa League decider and take home a first piece of silverware in the 21st century.
Die Adler's memories of their only previous meeting with Los Merengues are not fond by any stretch of the imagination as they look to settle the score in their first foray into the UEFA Super Cup.
Indeed, Madrid hammered Frankfurt 7-3 in an epic 1960 European Cup final.
The record 14-time European champions have won five of their seven previous appearances in the UEFA Super Cup. But their most recent attempt to win the trophy collapsed at the hands of Atletico in 2018.
Los Merengues head into proceedings as hot betting favourites, aiming to extend their eye-catching 11-match unbeaten streak aganst Bundesliga clubs (W7, D4).
Last season's Champions League top goalscorer Karim Benzema will lead the line in Helsinki, keen to pick up where he left off in 2021/22, where he notched up 15 goals in continental actoin.
Despite their astounding European run last season, Frankfurt experienced a thoroughly underwhelming Bundesliga campaign, having had to settle for a dismal 11th-place finish.
They started the new season in a similar fashion, as perennial German champions Bayern Munich humbled Oliver Glasner's side 6-1 in their curtain-raising 2022/23 Bundesliga fixture.
On the bright side, they have only lost one of their ten historic meetings with Spanish clubs in European action (W6, D2), courtesy of the abovementioned thumping to Madrid.
Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt Potential Line-ups
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba; Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni; Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.
Eintracht Frankfurt (3-4-2-1): Kevin Trapp; Tuta, Evan N’Dicka, Almamy Toure; Filip Kostic, Djibril Sow, Sebastian Rode, Ansgar Knauff; Daichi Kamada, Mario Gotze; Rafael Santos Borre.