Barcelona vs Real Madrid: what time will the Spanish Super Cup match? Expected lineups

  • On Wednesday, fans of the Spanish giants will witness another “El Clasico”, this time Barcelona will face Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup
  • The match, like the second semi-final and the final match, will be played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at a facility with a capacity of less than 70,000
  • Atletico Madrid will face Athletic Bilbao in the second semi-final on Thursday. The final match will be played on Sunday
  • Wednesday’s game will be Xavi’s first in “El Clasico” as a coach. He won’t be able to take advantage of a few players, but Ferran Torres may get a debut. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, in turn, will be able to use the strongest squad with Benzema and Vinicius Junior in the lead

Saudi Arabia Super Cup

Under the agreement of the Spanish Football Federation and Saudi Arabia, the Spanish Super Cup games will be played in Riyadh. It will also be similar in the coming years. First, there will be a blockbuster game in which FC Barcelona will face Real Madrid. Although “Pride of Catalonia” is not the same team as a few seasons ago, the competition in “El Clasico” promises to be interesting.

Barcelona have not lost any of the last five games. During this time, they tied with Sevilla (1-1) and Granada (1-1) and defeated Elche (3: 2), Mallorca (1: 0), and Linares Deportivo (2: 1) in the Spanish Cup. Real Madrid unexpectedly lost to Getafe 0-1 at the beginning of the year, but in La Liga they lead in the table with 49 points, a five-point advantage over Sevilla and a 15-point advantage over Real Betis.

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“Pride of Catalonia” will play without a few players. Eric Garcia was injured in the game against Granada, the former Manchester City player will be sidelined for about five weeks due to his injury. Sergi Roberto and Martin Braithwaite are also injured. Gavi will have to be sidelined in La Liga, so we should see him play against Real. In turn, Clement Lenglet will play in the four of the defensive block.

Carlo Ancelotti announced Mariano Diaz and Gareth Bale are the only players complaining of health problems. Dani Carvajal and Luka Jović are in full strength and fit. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior will traditionally be responsible for scoring goals.

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The favorite of Wednesday’s game will be “Królewscy”. Real with Benzema and Vinicius Junior is in great shape and should win the prestigious semi-final match at King Fahd Stadium. Barcelona has won the Spanish Super Cup 13 times so far. It will be hard to get another trophy. The team led by Xavi has not conceded a goal in just one of the last nine games for all competitions.

Xavi will make his debut in El Clasico as a coach, and although both teams share a gap in the Spanish league, Madrid’s matches with Barcelona have their own rules. The Catalans have not been able to win with the team from Madrid for almost two years. They turned out to be better for the last time on March 2, 2019, winning 1-0.

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Barcelona – Real: lineups expected

Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Dest, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Gonzalez, Busquets, Gavi, Dembele, De Jong, Depay

Real: Courtois – Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Barcelona – Real: what time does it start?

The Spanish Super Cup semi-final match will be held on Wednesday, January 12th. Beginning at 20:00. The match will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The second semi-final will be played on Wednesday with Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. The final will take place on Sunday.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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