Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
King Abdullah Sports City will host highly-anticipated showdown between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who face each other in the Spanish Super Cup semis. Barca dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with fellow Catalan side Espanyol at the weekend, but Ernesto Valverde’s troops are still regarded as favourites to win Wednesday’s clash against los Rojiblancos.
Since the former Athletic Club boss can count on all of his key players for the Atletico Madrid, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Leo Messi and Co. Diego Simeone’s troops will, as always, adopt a defence-minded approach in the Spanish Super Cup clash. Atletico Madrid are on a four-game winning run in all competitions, but Barcelona are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the capital club than their previous opponents. Seeing that Diego Costa remains in the recovery room, Alvaro Morata should be deployed up front, alongside Joao Felix.
Highlighted Player (Antoine Griezmann):
Anthony Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision.
Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team.
Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the U19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy.
Los Rojiblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football.
Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.