The new year came along with most of the old sport competitions we used to know and of course a few new ones. In the world of tennis, the ATP Cup was introduced. In football, Spanish football to be precise, an expanded version of the Spanish Super Cup is set to be played.
What used to be a two-team game will now involve four La Liga sides and will be played outside the country. The expanded format of the Spanish Super Cup thereby transforms it into a mini competition.
Cup games are one of the most complicated sporting events to bet on. The dramatic results from the recent FA Cup Third Round action further proves this to be true. It gets worse when it’s just a one-off tournament like the Spanish Super Cup.
However, this is the first time four teams are competing for the Spanish Super Cup. And this should make things exciting, for the fans as well as bettors.
With Saudi Arabia set to host the finest in Spanish club football this week, what fixtures are there to look out for and what markets are available to bet on?
Valencia vs. Real Madrid
This contest is usually one to look forward to in the Spanish La Liga. As a contest in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup, both teams will put their best foot forward as they try to qualify for the final.
Real Madrid have lost only one of their last 15 games – in all competitions. Zidane’s men have recovered from their poor start to the season with an amazing end to the year 2019.
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Joint-leaders at the top of the table, they will be yearning to win the first silverware of Zinedine Zidane’s second stint as Real Madrid manager.
Valencia may be ranked sixth on the La Liga table. However, they’re dangerous as any of the other competitors in this Super Cup tournament. They have scored in each of their last 16 games. Will both sides score in this encounter? Which of these two sides will qualify for the final?
Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid
The best offense in the league will square off against the best defense in the Spanish La Liga. Whichever team wins will feature in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
Eight of Barça’s last 10 competitive games have seen them score and also concede goals. With Atletico Madrid scoring two goals in each of their last four games, there’s serious cause for concern when both sides meet on Thursday.
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Both managers (Ernersto Valverde and Diego Simeone) have been under pressure for a while now. A trophy win will ease the pressure on either one of them. Losing this game will put them under more pressure.
Which two teams do you think will qualify for the final? Are we going to see an El Clasico final in the Spanish Super Cup? Or will it be a Madrid derby? Drop your comments below and join the conversation.