Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club Predictions and Betting Tips
The second semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup is set for Thursday as Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club lock horns at the King Abdullah Sports City. Read on for our expert tips and predictions.
It was a goalless stalemate when both sides clashed in the Spanish top-flight back in September, even with the Madrid-based outfit ending the game at the Metropolitano with 10 men. However, we've seen both sides cancel each other out in recent seasons, winning two each in the four meetings prior to their last.
Highly-anticipated encounter on the cards
The Spanish champions ended 2021 in the worst possible way, losing all of their last four league matches against Mallorca, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Granada. Although they did pick up a win in their first game of the year, beating Rayo Vallecano 2-0 in the league, they went back to faltering in the LaLiga Santander last weekend when they travelled to the Estadio de la Ceramica. In a game where Angel Correa scored the opener from the halfway line and Kondogbia equalized for the Rojiblancos before getting sent off late in the game, Villarreal held Simeone's troops to a 2-2 draw thus denting their hopes of retaining the league title. Still and all, there's a chance for silverware this week but would need to get past Athletic Club for a spot in the final this Sunday.
Athletic Club celebrated a famous win in the 2021 Spanish Super Cup, beating Real Madrid and then Barcelona in the final to lift the trophy for the third time in their history. The Basque club actually did go on to lose in the postponed 2019/2020 Copa Del Rey final three months later before losing to Barcelona in the 2020/2021 final at the end of last season. Their form since this campaign kicked off hasn't been the best as they currently find themselves in 9th position after 21 league games played so far.
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club Team News
Atletico Madrid possible starting XI:
Oblak; Lodi,Hermoso, Gimenez, Llorente; De Paul, Koke, Lemar, Carrasco; Correa, Suarez
Athletic Club possible starting XI:
Simon; Balenziaga, Martinez, Alvarez, De Marcos; Vencedor, Garcia, Muniain, Berenguer; Sancet, Williams
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club Prediction: 1-0
Atletico Madrid have failed to hit the heights they did last season could well turn their season around with a good run in this four-team tournament. Athletic Club, meanwhile, had a fairytale run in last years competition and could well capitalize on their opponents' poor form. However, they also haven't been at their best this season and we would put this tie slightly in favour of Simeone's troops who look like the better side on paper.