Valencia – Real Madrid
The new structure of the Spanish Super Cup will debut this week in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Spanish football federation decided to transform the competition and move it abroad, ditching its previous format. On Wednesday Valencia and Real Madrid will face each other at the King Abdullah Sports City in the first 1/2-final.
The winner from this game will qualify for the final where the winning team is going to face one between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Valencia are the current holders of the Copa del Rey. Los Che won the competition in May after beating Barcelona in the final, surprisingly for many people. Some things are different for the club now, though. The head coach Marcelino left the managerial position, being replaced by Albert Celades. The former Barcelona midfielder had some tough moments in the beginning, but now it looks like he’s starting to find the right path. Valencia already qualified for the Champions League 1/8-finals and the team is 6th in La Liga, just four points behind the 4th Sevilla.
Valencia’s current form is also pretty good. Los Che are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions. Just few days ago they celebrated a 1-0 win at home against Eibar. The only goal in the game was scored by the Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez.
Real Madrid will try to get closer to Barcelona in the all time ranking of the Spanish Super Cup. Los Blancos have won the competition 10 times in their history, but they are still behind Barca who have won it 13 times. For the last time Real Madrid won the Super Cup in 2017 when they beat the Catalans twice.
Valencia and Real Madrid met for the last time in the middle of December when their game at the Estadio Mestalla ended with a 1-1 draw. Los Che opened the score with a goal from Carlos Soler and they were really close to winning the game, but Karim Benzema equalised for Madrid in the last few seconds of the match.
Real Madrid still can’t use their summer star signing Eden Hazard, who’s once again troubled by injury. The Belgian international was ruled out of the competition and he didn’t travel to Saudi Arabia.
In conclusion we can say that we expect a great clash between Valencia and Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup 1/2-finals on Wednesday. One of these two great teams will reach the final, but who?