It will be a Madrid derby in the final of the Spanish Supercopa when Real Madrid battle Atlético Madrid in Saudi Arabia.
In Wednesday’s first semi final, Real eased past Valencia 3-1 including that corner goal from Toni Kroos. Zinedine Zidane’s side cruised to a three goal lead before a stoppage time Valencia penalty took a bit of the shine off the win.
Atlético progressed to the final in a much more dramatic way beating La Liga leaders Barcelona 3-2 on Thursday. Los Rojiblancos were 2-1 down with ten minutes left before an Álvaro Morata penalty and an Angel Correa strike secured a dramatic victory.
Madrid derbies are always entertaining affairs and with the first trophy of the season at stake, too, there is a little bit of added spice to this heated rivalry. Here’s 90min‘s preview of the game.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick-Off?||Sunday 12th January|
|What Time Is Kick-Off?||18:00 (GMT)|
|Where Is It Being Played?||King Abdullah Sports City|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||N/A|
Real Madrid will continue to be without Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, who both picked up injuries at the start of the month.
Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard are longer term injury casualties – Asensio is out until the end of February, at least, with ligament damage, while Hazard will not be seen again before the end of January.
The main concern for Atlético will be the fitness of club captain Koke, who seemed to re-injure his hamstring during the semi final. The Spaniard came on, scored, but then was subbed off again after pulling up with the injury.
Meanwhile, Diego Costa has been out since mid-November with a hernia injury and there is no set date for his return.
|Real Madrid||Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro; Kroos, Valverde, Modrić; Isco; Jović|
|Atlético Madrid||Oblak; Trippier, Savić, Felipe, Lodi; Correa, Herrera, Thomas, Saúl; Morata, Félix|
Los Blancos historically have the edge over their city counterparts, having won 26 of the 54 games played between the two.
Atlético have only won on just 11 occasions, while the remaining 17 clashes have ended all square.
In recent years, Atléti have managed to close the gap with affairs between the two sides being tightly run. There have been five draws and two wins each in their last nine meetings.
Real drew three La Liga games back-to-back prior to the winter break, before returning to form with a good 3-0 away win against Getafe at the start of the month. This left them level on points with Barcelona at the top of the league.
They then added to that 3-0 win with victory over Valencia, meaning Real are on an upward curve heading into this one.
Atlético have put themselves back in the title picture in La Liga after winning three successive games, closing the gap to just five points between themselves and the top two.
Simeone’s side overcame Barcelona in the semi-final, and have confidence flowing through their veins after securing their place in the Champions League last 16 back in December.
Here’s how both sides have fared in their last five games:
|Real Madrid||Atlético Madrid|
|Valencia 1-3 Real Madrid (8/1)||Barcelona 2-3 Atlético Madrid (9/1)|
|Getafe 0-3 Real Madrid (4/1)||Atlético Madrid 2-1 Levante (4/1)|
|Real Madrid 0-0 Athletic Bilbao (22/12)||Real Betis 1-2 Atlético Madrid (22/12)|
|Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid (18/12)||Atlético Madrid 2-0 Osasuna (14/12)|
|Valencia 1-1 Real Madrid (15/12)||Atlético Madrid 2-0 Lokomotiv Moscow (11/12)|
Both sides will be desperate for bragging rights in Madrid, with the chance to win silverware a lovely silver lining.
Real’s injury concerns run deep but their midfield showed how good they can be against Valencia; Isco, Kroos and Luka Modrić all scoring against Valencia.
Atlético are in buoyant mood after a good run of form, and will take heart after coming from behind to beat Barça. Koke’s absence could be huge in midfield, allowing Zidane’s Real to seal a huge confidence-boosting win.
Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Atlético Madrid