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Valencia vs Real Madrid Preview:

Possible starting lineups:

Valencia:
Domenech; Wass, Gabriel, Garay, Gaya; Parejo, Kondogbia, Soler, Cheryshev; Gomez, Gameiro

Real Madrid:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Modric; Rodrygo, Vinicius, Jovic

The 36th edition of the Spanish Super Cup will be played in new format. Prior to this season, the competition was always a two-legged affair before the start of the Primera season, and contested by La Liga and Copa del Rey winners. The only time it had been changed was the last edition, when the game was played in Tangier, Morocco, and was a one-off game. However, the President of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, decided to enhance the format introducing a "Final Four" type tournament. In addition, the fixtures will be played in Saudi Arabia, who are to pay the sum of €27.25m per year for the privilege. Valencia will face Real Madrid in the first semi-final, while Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will play the other. The final will be on Sunday. All matches will be held in King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Valencia have secured the participation after beat Barcelona in last year's Copa del Rey final. The actual form is good, they are unbeaten on the last seven matches across all competitions. El Che have three victories in La Liga, against Villarreal, Levante and Eibar, while shared the points with Valladolid and Real Madrid. Valencia were seconds away from the victory on that match, only for Karim Benzema to score a 95th-minute equalizer. The Albert Celades' men were also successful in the Champions League, collecting three crucial points in the last match. Valencia qualified for the knock-out phase after won 1:0 against last season's semi-finalists Ajax in Amsterdam on the final day. I believe the players confidence is high at the moment. But coach Celades has one big problem ahead of this match. Key player Rodrigo Moreno has suffered a sprain to his right knee. He was substituted in the finish of the match with Eibar on Saturday and his involvement would appear to be in serious doubt following scans on his knee. Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Piccini, Manu Vallejo and Lee Kang-in are also struggling with injuries.

Real Madrid are also in good form, thy are unbeaten on the last 14 matches across all competitions. Last time they suffered a defeat was in mid-October when lost 1:0 to Mallorca. Los Blancos began the year with a high 3:0 victory at Getafe. Raphael Varane was double scorer on that match, while Luka Modric netted the third. That encounter marked the third consecutive game in which Real kept clean sheet. However, every story has two sides - Real also failed to score on the previous two matches against Barcelona and Bilbao. Coach Zinedine Zidane has big injury worries ahead of this match. He will not be able to play with two of his most influential players. Karim Benzema, according to the medical report, has got an injury to a muscle in his left leg. Gareth Bale, meanwhile, got a respiratory infection. That means Zidane will be without three of his standout players, as Hazard has already been confirmed as out due to an ankle injury. Marco Asensio remain a long-term absentee. James Rodriguez, Marcelo and Lucas Vazquez have all returned to training, but this match come too soon for them.

Valencia vs Real Madrid Prediction
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I expect a low scoring match here. Valencia have two victories and two draws on the last four matches, but all of them were low scoring. Real Madrid, meanwhile, played goalless draws on two of the last three matches. In addition, Valencia will be without key striker Rodrigo, while Real are missing Benzema and Bale.

Valencia vs Real Madrid Pick: Under 2.5 goals @ 2.25 with Unibet
 

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The possible absences of Bale and Benzema alter the match data, since the "bats" are not just easy prey. Valencia have improved their defense, while Real will try their best to qualify for the final. Expect a tough match
CF VALENCIA vs REAL MADRID @@ +3.50 Under, odds 1.50

Very interesting couple, where they can be judged in the details. PAS is not a negligent team, Panathinaikos who is a favorite should be serious. The Giants have not lost and conceded just four goals in 11 games. Panathinaikos, on the other hand, has an aggressive problem and is not effective. Today, I'm expecting a very close match, with few goals and few goals
PAS GIANNINA vs PANATHINAIKOS @@ +2.50 Under, odds 1.72
 

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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview:

Possible starting lineup:

Barcelona:
Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann

Atletico Madrid:
Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Gimenez, Lodi; Correa, Partey, Saul, Koke; Felix, Morata

As I've wrote in my previous post, this year's Spanish Super Cup will be played in new format - a "Final Four" type tournament. All matches (semifinals and final) in the next three years will take place in Saudi Arabia, at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. As usual, I expect an interesting match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. The H2H record is on Barcelona side. The Catalans are unbeaten on the last nine mutual games, a run which includes five wins and four draws. Atletico's last success against Barca came in April 2016. The Blaugrana are in solid form in the last period. They are unbeaten since early November when lost 3:1 to Levante. However, Barcelona have just one win on the last four matches. Coach Ernesto Valverde's men have shared the points on the remaining three occasions. They played 2:2 with Real Sociedad, played a goalless draw with Real Madrid in El Clasico and played a 2:2 draw with city rivals Espanyol. The lone victory was obtain against Alaves at Camp Nou. Barcelona are still ahead of Real Madrid at Primera table, but only thanks to the superior goal difference. The fans are not satisfied with the situation and Valverde feels some pressure, as well as his men. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are only players that show consistency this season, with the pair having contributed 24 goals and 13 assists between them in Spain's top flight. Valverde has some additional issues as lot of players are struggling with injuries. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is sidelined with a knee injury, while Arthur and Ousmane Dembele are also out injured. Speaking of Dembele, he upset the fans and club officials few days ago. A post uploaded by a Liverpool fan account showed the 22-year-old photoshopped wearing the Reds shirt with Trent Alexander-Arnold in the background. Dembele 'liked' the image causing speculation among supporters of the Premier League leaders that he could be on his way to Anfield. Dembele is already walking a thin line at the Nou Camp having had his attitude heavily criticized since his £138m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

Atletico Madrid are on the third place in La Liga, five points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. The first part of the season wasn't as good as the fans were expecting. The biggest problem for the Rojiblancos is they have eight draws so far in the league. Nevertheless, the actual form is excellent, Atletico are in series of four victories across all competitions. Diego Simeone's men first beat Lokomotiv Moscow with 2:0 in the Champions League, securing the knock-out stage. Just to mention, Atletico will face the reigning European champions Liverpool in the Round of 8. The Rojiblancos then obtained three victories in domestic Primera Division. They managed to beat Osasuna with 2:0, Betis with 2:1 and Levante with 2:1. I believe the atmosphere in the squad is very good now, while the players confidence is higher. Angel Correa and Alvaro Morata have played a significant part in these victories, netting two goals each. However, scoring goals seems a big problem for Atletico. There are 11 clubs in La Liga that have scored more times than Atletico in the current campaign. It is natural that coach Simeone is looking to add more option as PSG striker Edinson Cavani completed pre-contract agreement with Atletico few days ago. But PSG Sporting Director Leonardo informed that he would block El Matador’s exit this month. According to Leonardo, Cavani will stay in Paris until the end of his current deal which expires in June. Most probably Simeone will try to secure another recognized striker as he isn't fully satisfied with Morata and Diego Costa. The later will not play here due to injury, as well as Thomas Lemar. Defenders Sime Vrsaljko and Stevan Savic are both rated as doubtful. Koke is likely to return to the starting eleven after missing the win over Levante through injury.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
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I expect Barcelona to win this match. They have an excellent H2H record with Atletico in the last period. Barcelona are unbeaten on the last nine mutual games, winning five times and drawing the remaining four. In addition, the Blaugrana have players able to make a difference in this match - Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Pick
: Barcelona to win @ 2.05 with Pinnacle
 

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Simeone knows all too well how to close the venues and especially against Real and Barcelona has got a ... master. He will play close again to hit either a counter attack or a rebound. Barça is not convinced, and the vicious climate with Valverde does not push us to support it. I think Under 2.5 has the first reason.
FC BARCELONA vs ATLETICO MADRID @@ +2.50 Under, odds 1.85
 

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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
  • The last 5 encounters between these 2 teams have seen “Under 2.5 Goals” scored. This has traditionally been a very close match and we are expecting another low scoring affair.
  • Barcelona might be the better team on paper but they have won just once in their last 4 league games (D3). Considering that Atletico are a hard side to break down in general and this match being played on neutral ground, we think that a 1-1 draw does seem like a fair result.
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Under 2.5 Goals​
Atletico Madrid +0.5​
Odds: 1.90​
Odds: 1.84​
 

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Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid. A dream final. FC Barcelona might not win a single trophy this season.
-Messi is getting old
-Defence is porous
-Suarez is getting old
-Griezman is still having hard times to adapt to their play style
-Coach got sacked after the defeat
-Dembele always struggling with injuries
-Umtiti not getting enough play time
-etc etc, the list goes on

I'll bet everything on Barcelona not winning any major trophy this season!
 
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