Originally, 12,000 tickets were reserved for Spanish fans at the national Supercup in Saudi Arabia. According to various newspapers, however, only nine percent of this quota was queried on the Iberian Peninsula. Rumor has it that, for example, only 26 trailers from Valencia and 50 battle strollers from Atletico will take the long trip to the Middle East.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Betting Predictions and Odds
The reason for this boycott is obvious, because in addition to the fact that the four participating teams receive a different fee, the violations of human rights in one of the richest countries in the world are causing a lot of discussion. However, this does not change the fact that the four global companies, which are also popularly referred to as “football clubs”, will play the first national title holder of the new year in Jeddah.
The second semi-final will be played by FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening. When looking at the odds, it becomes clear that the Catalans are given better chances of moving on to the final. However, the endeavor against the capital club will not be easy, especially since the Simeone team won three times in a row in La Liga and thus presented themselves in better shape than Lionel Messi and Co.
The “Blaugrana” is only one three out of the past four league games, but still ranks first in the table. If coach Valverde takes this Supercup seriously and has all his stars, then before the semifinals Barcelona against Atletico Madrid we predict that a tip on the reigning champions will pay off.
Barcelona – Statistics & Current Form
With 13 titles, FC Barcelona is currently the record winner of the Spanish Super Cup. In the past four years alone, the “Blaugrana” has been crowning itself three times. Also in 2018/2019 the title went to the Mediterranean metropolis known for its amazing architecture and art.
In 2020, those responsible for Coach Ernesto Valverde will once again have the goal of winning the first official title of the new year. In the semifinals, Atletico Madrid must be cleared for this. In a potential final, Valencia or arch-rival Real Madrid would be waiting for the defending champion.
Speaking of Real Madrid: With the Royal, the Catalans are currently fighting for the Spanish championship. After 19 match days, the hostile major football powers are tied at the top of the table and are five points ahead of Atletico and Sevilla. Lionel Messi and colleagues have frivolously gambled away the sole lead of the table.
In addition to the sobering 0: 0 in the “Clásico” against Real Madrid, in which the Madrilenians were closer to victory than the host “Blaugrana”, Barca also had Real Sociedad (2: 2) and last weekend in the derby at Espanyol Barcelona ( 2: 2) surprisingly feathers. The defensive in particular could not necessarily meet the high demands of a team of world format.
This is exactly what we have to do now, because if the Valverde team catches two goals against motivated “Colchoneros” on Thursday, the prospect of the final would be reduced to a minimum. We therefore expect the blue-reds to tend to be more cautious, who – as in the league game – want to keep the zero at the back and rely on the individual quality of their stars at the front.
In terms of personnel, the 55-year-old coach, who had to cope with the last and one of only two defeats in the course of the season at the beginning of November, has to do without regular goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who continues to suffer from a knee injury. For him, Neto will be between the posts. Dembele and Arthur are also missing.
The offensive triumvirate Messi, Griezmann and Suarez is expected in the starting eleven, which in our eyes is a reason to allude to the odds of the favorites win between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Probable lineups of Barcelona:
↳ Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann
Last games from Barcelona:
⚽️ 01/04/2020 – Espanyol Barcelona vs. FC Barcelona 2-2 (La Liga)
⚽️ 12/21/2019 – FC Barcelona vs. Alaves 4: 1 (La Liga)
⚽️ 18.12.2019 – FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid 0-0 (La Liga)
⚽️ 12/14/2019 – Real Sociedad vs. FC Barcelona 2-2 (La Liga)
⚽️ 12/10/2019 – Inter Milan vs. FC Barcelona 1: 2 (Champions League)
Atletico Madrid – Statistics & Current Form
Diego Simeone was able to aggressively rely on the excellent skills of Antoine Griezmann in the past seasons, six months after his departure it must be stated that the Madrid have not yet been able to compensate for the loss of the French.
Admittedly, the Argentine coach can be quite satisfied with third place after 19 match days and just five points behind the two leaders, but not even half of all matches in La Liga were made victorious. Nine successes are offset by eight draws and only two defeats.
The reason for this is the harmless offensive – indicated in the above paragraph. With only 22 goals scored, the former Champions League finalist occupies one of the lower places in the explicit ranking. For comparison: Barca marked more than twice as many hits (49). But: While the Blaugrana conceded 23 goals, Jan Oblak only scored twelve goals at Atletico, which once again underlines the defensive strength of the protégés of coach Simeone.
Nonetheless, we are skeptical whether the relatively low profile without the necessary relief can lead to success against a ball possession team like Barca. Already in the league game, the Catalans had almost 70% possession and played more than twice as many passes.
Since it was even a home game at the time, we would be facing the Barcelona vs. Supercup semi-final. Atletico Madrid dare to predict that the favorite’s dominance will be even more blatant this time.
We therefore assume that the capital club, which won only four of twelve away games this season across all competitions, will reach its own limits. We no longer rate the “Colchoneros” 2020 as strongly as in the previous year or 2017/2018.
Diego Costa did not even begin the journey to the Persian Gulf. Sime Vrsaljko and Thomas Lemar should also not be an option for the semi-finals on Thursday. Compared to the close 2-1 win against Levante, which meant the fourth competitive win in a row, only the recovered Koke for Herrera should slip into the starting XI.
Probable lineups of Atletico Madrid:
↳ Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Gimenez, Lodi; Correa, Partey, Saul, Koke; Felix, Morata
Last games from Atletico Madrid:
⚽️ 01/04/2020 – Atletico Madrid vs. Levante 2-1 (La Liga)
⚽️ 22.12.2019 – Betis Sevilla vs. Atletico Madrid 1: 2 (La Liga)
⚽️ 12/14/2019 – Atletico Madrid vs. CA Osasuna 2-0 (La Liga)
⚽️ 12/11/2019 – Atletico Madrid vs. Locomotiv Moscow 2: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 06.12.2019 – Villarreal vs. Atletico Madrid 0-0 (La Liga)
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Direct Comparison
Just over a month ago, the two teams faced each other in the Spanish La Liga. Up until the 86th minute, there was much to point to a goalless draw before Lionel Messi demonstrated his outstanding quality and scored in his inimitable way for the 1-0 away win at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The “Rojiblancos” have become a real favorite of the Catalans in the recent past. In the past decade, the “Blaugrana” has not lost a single La Liga duel against the upcoming opponent. The reigning champions have been unbeaten in the top Spanish division against Atletico for 19 matches.
In the Supercup there were already six finals between the two teams. Barca kept the upper hand in the last four editions, all of which were played in the first and second leg mode. Only in 1985 and 1961 did the Madrid prevail.
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We are looking for the second finalist of the Spanish Supercup 2020. This year he will be played for the first time in Saudi Arabia with four instead of two teams. Because rumors say that only 50 tickets went to Atletico fans and that the local spectators will probably also support FC Barcelona, it can be assumed that the Catalans will play a “fake” home game.
This is one of the reasons why the lower betting odds for a prediction on the “Blaugrana” will be offered before the semifinals between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. This assessment is generally shared by the betting base, as the Valverde team has more individual quality in the offensive area and has more recently had problems against teams that have a good attacking game themselves.
Key facts – Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid tips
⭐️ The Catalans have not lost since the beginning of November
⭐️ Atletico Madrid have only won four out of twelve appearances this season
⭐️ Barcelona have been unbeaten for nine competitive games against Atletico (five wins, four draws)
However, because Diego Simeone is likely to trust the best defense in La Liga again, we expect a dominant performance by Lionel Messi and Co. Similar to a good duel in a direct duel in the top Spanish division, Barca’s pressure should be so great at some point that the “colchoneros” buckle.
Because the “Rojiblancos” act much weaker away than in the Wanda Metropolitano and the Valverde-Elf only lost two matches in the course of the season, we decide on the match Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid for a tip on the favorites.