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Athletic vs Real Madrid: Spanish Super Cup final times, TV, how to watch online

Athletic Club and Real Madrid face off in the final of the 2021/22 Spanish Super Cup at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.

In this handout image released on January 15, 2022 by the Royal Spanish Football Federation - RFEF,  Athletic Bilbao's Spanish coach Marcelino Garcia Toral (L) and Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti pose next to the Spanish Super Cup tr

Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: preview

Athletic Club can become the first side to retain the Spanish Super Cup since its expansion to a four-team tournament when they take on Real Madrid at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium on Sunday.

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Athletic reached the trophy decider by defeating LaLiga champions Atlético Madrid in Thursday’s semi-final, late goals by Yeray Álvarez and Nico Williams giving the Basques a 2-1 win over Diego Simeone’s men.

Meanwhile, Madrid saw off Barcelona in a thrilling last-four clash on Wednesday, Fede Valverde’s extra-time winner earning Los Blancos a 3-2 triumph over their arch rivals.

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Sunday’s final is a clash between the teams to have lifted the revamped Super Cup so far: Madrid were its inaugural winners in 2019/20, beating Atlético in a final penalty shoot-out in Jeddah, before Athletic claimed the trophy 12 months ago with an entertaining extra-time victory over Barça in Seville.

Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: team news

Semi-final goalscorer Nico Williams is expected to come into the Athletic Club midfield together with Mikel Vesga, with Oier Zarraga and Álex Berenguer making way. In attack, Raúl García - who has been a public critic of the decision to play the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia - is set to partner Iñaki Williams in place of Oihan Sancet.

Yuri Berchiche and Unai Núñez are both fit again after injury lay-offs - the former returned as a substitute in the win over Atlético - but are not likely to start.

As for Real Madrid, right-back Dani Carvajal has been ruled out of the final after contracting covid-19, and is expected to be replaced by Lucas Vázquez. In central defence, meanwhile, David Alaba remains a doubt after missing the semi-final with a muscle problem. Nacho Fernández will again deputise for Alaba if the Austrian doesn’t make it.

Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: potential line-ups

Athletic Club: Unai Simón, De Marcos, Yeray, Íñigo Martínez, Balenziaga, Nico Williams, Vesga, Dani García, Muniain, Raúl García, Iñaki Williams

Nico Williams is expected to start for Athletic Club today after coming off the bench to score against Atlético Madrid in the semi-final.
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Nico Williams is expected to start for Athletic Club today after coming off the bench to score against Atlético Madrid in the semi-final.ALBERT GEAREUTERS

Real Madrid: Courtois, Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Alaba/Nacho, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinícius

What time does Athletic Club vs Real Madrid kick off?

The 2021/22 Spanish Super Cup final between Athletic Club and Real Madrid will kick off at King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, at 9:30pm local time (AST) on Sunday 16 January 2022.

In the US, that’s 1:30pm ET and 10:30am PT. In the UK, the game gets going at 6:30pm (GMT).

Find out what time the Spanish Super Cup final starts wherever you are in the world.

Where can I watch Athletic Club vs Real Madrid?

In the US and the UK, the following TV channels and online services will be showing Athletic Club vs Real Madrid:

US: ESPN+, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes+

UK: BTSport.com, BT Sport 3, BT Sport App

Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: live with AS USA

You’ll also be able to follow the Spanish Super Cup final with AS USA’s live-text coverage. Rob Train will be building up to the game in the Saudi capital from about an hour ahead of kick-off, before talking you through the action.