All eyes will be on Prague as Chelsea and Bayern Munich travel to the Czech Republic for the UEFA Super Cup.
The Super Cup features the winners of last year's Champions League and Europa League titles. Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund to win their fifth European Cup, while Chelsea became the first club to win the Champions League and Europa League back-to-back after their win over Benfica.
Bayern are coming off a 1-1 draw with Freiburg on Tuesday. The players are still getting used to playing under Pep Guardiola. His system at Barcelona was very intricate, and it takes a lot of time for players to master it.
Chelsea played out a scoreless draw with Manchester United on Monday. It's been an otherwise strong start to the season, and the entire club has had a positive vibe since Jose Mourinho's return.
Here's a quick preview of the Super Cup.
When: Friday, August 30, at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. BST)
Where: Eden Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
TV Info: FOX Sports 2 (US); Sky Sports 1
Top Storyline: Mourinho vs. Guardiola
This is perhaps the only fixture in the world where the managers overshadow what actually happens on the pitch. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola had a fantastic rivalry in Spain, and this is one the few times they'll be able to continue that rivalry after leaving for new clubs.
These two are great foils of one another. Guardiola is more the romantic who wants to play possession football and have an aesthetically pleasing style. Mourinho, on the other hand, is the ruthless pragmatist who's not afraid to play defensive, boring football if he thinks that's what's best for his team.
Who wins the Super Cup?
Bayern Munich are going to be much more motivated in this one. They've lost in each of their three previous Super Cup matches, and many of Bayern's players were there for Chelsea's Champions League win in Munich. They felt that pain of losing the European Cup on their home turf.
While it can't atone for that devastating loss, a win in the Super Cup would be a small act of revenge for Bayern.
Mourinho is likely to have Chelsea bunker down and play a defensive game—very similar to how he handled Manchester United. Mourinho isn't afraid to win ugly.
Unfortunately for him, Bayern have much more talent in the midfield. They'll be able to break down the Blues and get the ball up to Mario Mandzukic in the final third. This one won't be pretty, but the Germans will use that motivation to find just enough to get past Chelsea.
Bayern Munich 2, Chelsea 1