Real Madrid and Barcelona will take a brief pause from their battle for Spain‘s La Liga title and they will instead wrestle for the first piece of silverware in the Spanish domestic season: the Supercopa de Espana.
The two giants will face off in the Supercopa final in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia after both survived their respective midweek semifinals via penalty shootouts during which their goalkeepers came up with decisive stops.
Real Madrid are not exactly in the best of form during this recent stretch of the season, but they will take heart from the fact that they dismantled Barcelona 3-1 back on October 16 in league play, handing the Blaugrana their only loss of the league season thus far.
But Barcelona also came up with a head-to-head win of their own in the summer, though it was during preseason in a friendly the two played in Las Vegas. That 1-0 victory came on a goal from then-newcomer Raphinha, who is by now a regular on the right wing for his team.
This will be the ninth time that these eternal rivals are facing off in the Supercopa competition with Real Madrid having won on seven occasions. Los Blancos are vying for six trophies available to them this season, having already captured the European Super Cup in May.
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Select broadcasters in countries around the world have carried the Spanish Supercopa matches, including in the UK and USA.
For other regions that don’t have a local broadcast or stream, fans can access the matches on streaming platform Shahid VIP, as indicated by LiveSoccerTV.
UK: The Supercopa will be carried in the UK on BT Sport’s TV and streaming platforms.
USA: The match will be televised on ABC (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) with both those televised matches streaming on fuboTV. ESPN’s streaming service ESPN+ will also carry streams in English and Spanish for subscribers.
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A Real Madrid team already missing the injured Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba saw three more players pick up injuries in Wednesday’s semifinal. But only right-back Lucas Vazquez (right ankle) won’t recover in time for the final, forcing Dani Carvajal to start the match.
It’s hard to see Luka Modric not starting a Clasico after coming on as a sub against Valencia. That would leave Eduardo Camavinga, who’s also not 100 percent, on the bench. It’ll likely be the same story at left-back with Ferland Mendy possibly returning to the XI after Nacho Fernandez served as the starter against Valencia.
Real Madrid projected lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Thibaut Courtois (GK) — 2-Dani Carvajal, 3-Eder Militao, 22-Antonio Rudiger, 23-Ferland Mendy — 15-Federico Valverde, 8-Toni Kroos, 10-Luka Modric — 21-Rodrygo, 9-Karim Benzema, 20-Vinicius Jr.
Real Madrid subs (12): 13-Andriy Lunin (GK), 26-Luis Lopez (GK), 17-Lucas Vazquez, 6-Nacho Fernandez, 5-Jesus Vallejo, 16-Alvaro Odriozola, 19-Dani Ceballos, 31-Mario Martin, 12-Eduardo Camavinga, 7-Eden Hazard, 11-Marco Asensio, 24-Mariano Diaz
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Reports indicate that Ronald Araujo, who trained separately from the team on the eve of the match, will be tabbed to play right-back and go head-to-head against the dangerous Vinicius Jr. That would mean Andreas Christensen or Eric Garcia entering at centre-back to pair with Jules Kounde.
After starting the semifinal on the bench, veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets is expected to return to the XI. Sports daily AS also posits a scenario in which manager Xavi Hernandez opts to play with four midfielders. In that case Frenkie de Jong could come in for Raphinha.
Barcelona projected starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) — 4-Ronald Araujo, 23-Jules Kounde, 15-Andreas Christensen, 18-Jordi Alba — 30-Gavi, 5-Sergio Busquets, 8-Pedri — 22-Raphinha, 9-Robert Lewandowski, 7-Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona subs (11): 13-Inaki Pena (GK), 36-Arnau Tenas (GK), 24-Eric Garcia, 28-Alejandro Balde, 17-Marcos Alonso, 20-Sergi Roberto, 19-Franck Kessie, 21-Frenkie de Jong, 10-Ansu Fati, 14-Memphis Depay, 11-Ferran Torres.
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Barcelona have the slight edge according to the betting markets, with goals also expected in the match.
Although not listed in the table below, the betting numbers say that Robert Lewandowski has the better likelihood to score at nearly even money odds, with Karim Benzema at nearly the same price.
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