There’s a derby in the final of the rejigged Spanish Super Cup this weekend as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face off.
Rather than just the winners of La Liga and the Copa del Rey going head-to-head as in previous years, four teams took part consisting of the aforementioned victors plus second and third-place in the league — as Barcelona both won the league and finished runners-up in the cup.
Real Madrid, who qualified as La Liga runners-up, got the better of Copa del Rey winners Valencia, winning 3-1 while third-placed Atletico Madrid edged an exciting semi-final against Spanish champions Barcelona 3-2.
This will be the first Madrid derby in the Spanish Super Cup final since 2014 when Atletico won the two-legged tie 2-1 — just their second overall victory in the competition to Real Madrid’s 10.
Read on for our Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid and where can I watch live?
Competition: Spanish Super Cup
Venue: King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Date: Sunday, 12 January 2020
Kick-off: 6:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
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Last five meetings: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
28 September 2019: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid (La Liga)
09 February 2019: Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid (La Liga)
29 September 2018: Real Madrid 0-0 Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
15 August 2018: Real Madrid 2-4 Atletico Madrid (Uefa Super Cup)
08 April 2018: Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
Aggregate Score: Real Madrid (DWDLD) 6-6 Atletico Madrid (DLDWD)
Ones to watch
Real Madrid: Luka Jovic
Real Madrid managed well without Karim Benzema against Valencia with their midfielders stepping up but Sunday’s match could put the pressure on Luka Jovic.
The summer signing has struggled since arriving at Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt, unable to dethrone Benzema who is having a wonderful season.
Jovic’s chance against Valencia came due to Benzema’s injury but his absence won’t last long and this may be the Serbian’s last chance to prove himself capable at Los Blancos for some time.
Key stat: Luka Jovic has scored just one goal in 16 games for Real Madrid this season.
Atlético Madrid: Alvaro Morata
One of Atletico Madrid’s key players against Barcelona, Alvaro Morata will look to haunt former club Real Madrid on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who scored and assisted on Thursday, spent nine seasons with Real Madrid after joining their youth set up but never really broke into the first team. Spells with Juventus and Chelsea eventually led Morata to return to boyhood club Atletico, where he leads the line well scoring 10 goals so far this season.
Although he failed to find the net in La Liga last season, the last time Morata faced Real Madrid in cup competitions he scored twice for Juventus to knock Los Blancos out of the Champions League.
Key stat: Alvaro Morata has scored two goals in three games against Real Madrid.
Luka Jovic is expected to continue leading the line for Real Madrid as he did in the semi-final win over Valencia, with Karim Benzema still out injured. The Frenchman is joined by Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio on the sidelines — all of whom did not travel to Saudi Arabia.
Zinedine Zidane may opt to stick with the same XI that started the win over Valencia, although Marcelo could be restored ahead of Ferland Mendy.
Predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Modric, Isco; Jovic.
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Stefan Savic made his return to the team against Barcelona after injury and but Jose Gimenez should partner Felipe at the heart of Atletico’s defence after recovering from a knock.
Koke, Thomas Lemar and Sime Vrsaljko are all doubtful.
Joao Felix is expected to start up front alongside Alvaro Morata with Atletico’s attacking options thin.
Predicted XI: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Correa, Herrera, Thomas, Saul; Morata, Felix.
Real Madrid have had the better of the meetings between these two sides in recent times, although Atletico will take heed from their victory ending in a trophy.
Los Blancos are unbeaten in their past 15 games across all competitions since a 1-0 defeat to Mallorca in October and will be looking to continue against their rivals.