SPANISH SUPER CUP

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: Spanish Super Cup final - preview, team news, predicted line-ups

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid prepare to lock horns in Jeddah in the the final of the new-look Spanish Super Cup.

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: preview, team news, predicted XIs
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The Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah plays host to the Madrid Derby as Real Madrid face Atlético Madrid in the final of the new-look Spanish Super Cup, which gets underway this Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 19:00 (CET). (Find out here what time the match starts where you are in the world)

Zinedine Zidane’s side have reached the final after their convincing 3-1 win over Copa del Rey holders Valencia on Wednesday, with goals coming from Toni Kroos, Isco and Luka Modric. The French coach will be expected to name the same starting XI against Atlético, with question marks only hanging over whether he will chose Luka Jovic or Rodrygo at number nine in the absence of the injured Karim Benzema.

Atlético celebrate after Koke opened the scoring against Barcelona in the semi-final.

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Atlético had arguably the harder semi-final tie against LaLiga Champions Barcelona, who found themselves 2-1 up going into the final ten minutes in Jeddah on Thursday. However an 81st minute Álvaro Morata penalty followed by Ángel Correa’s winner five minutes later ensured a dramatic 3-2 victory for Diego Simeone’s side, who hadn’t beaten El Blaugrana since the second leg of the Champions League quarter final in 2015-16.

Having respectively seen off the Copa del Rey and LaLiga champions, Real and Atléti face off in a repeat of last season’s UEFA Super Cup final, which Atlético won 4-2 thanks to extra-time goals from Saúl and Koke.

Real Madrid players in training ahead of the Spanish Supe Cup final.

The last time the two sides met in the domestic Super Cup was in August, 2014. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Bernabéu, with goals from James Rodriguez and Raúl Garcia, a lone Mario Mandzukic strike in the second leg at the Vincente Calderón gave Los Rojiblancos a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Now, over five years on, these two teams lock horns in the very different setting of the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, where both sides will be as keen as ever to claim bragging rights over their fierce city rivals after their last meeting ended in a 0-0 draw back in September.

Real Madrid predicted XI vs Atlético Madrid:

Starting XI: Courtois, Mendy, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal, Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco, Modric, Jovic (or Rodrygo)

Subs: Areola, Odriozola, Nacho, Militao, Marcelo, James, Lucas V, Brahim, Vinicius, Mariano, Rodrygo (or Jovic)

Altético Madrid predicted XI vs Real Madrid:

Starting XI: Oblak, Trippier, Giménez, Felipe, Lodi, Joao Felix, Thomas, Herrera, Saúl, Morata, Correa

Subs: Adán, Arias, Savic, Hermoso, Vrsaljko, Manu Sanchez, Llorente, Vitolo, Valera, Riquelme, Saponjic, Camello

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: Injuries and Suspensions

Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have not made the trip to Saudi, while Zidane is also without Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio through longer-term injuries. Atlético, meanwhile, are without the injured pair of Thomas Lemar and Diego Costa. Neither side has any suspended players for the tie.

Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: What the managers said

Diego Simeone.

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid): “They're a side who have always shown how strong they are. They defend well, but they also attack very well, too. Both Atlético and Barcelona are very strong teams, so we were always going to have to be on our mettle."

Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid): "Taking on teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool... makes us into a better team. These kinds of games are nothing like the ones we play in LaLiga. There is only one result and there's no way of making up lost ground. Tomorrow's game is a nice opportunity for us."

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: Head-to-Head (last five competitive meetings)

Atlético Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid (LaLiga) – 28/9/19
Atlético Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid (LaLiga) – 9/2/19
Real Madrid 0-0 Altético Madrid (LaLiga) – 29/9/19
Real Madrid 2-4 Atlético Madrid (UEFA Super Cup) – 15/8/18
Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid (LaLiga) – 8/4/18