Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Supercopa de Espana preview

In the third year of the new Supercopa format, Copa del Rey champions Barcelona host LaLiga runners-up Madrid but are certainly not enjoying the better time of it as they meet in Riyadh.

New boss Xavi is yet to get fully to grips with the Catalans, who dropped points late on at Granada on the weekend to make it just five wins in his 11 games at the club.

By contrast, Real lead LaLiga by five points after a 4-1 romp past Valencia on the weekend.

The winners of Wednesday’s semi-final will face Athletic Club or Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s final.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Barcelona vs Real Madrid is scheduled for a 7pm GMT kick-off on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

King Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia will host the match.

Where to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 6.30pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.


Barcelona vs Real Madrid team news

Ferran Torres will make his debut having finally been registered by Barcelona, after Samuel Umtiti’s contract renewal opened up enough of the club’s wage limit to accommodate the winger.

However, he must first overcome Covid-19. Martin Braithwaite (knee), Sergi Roberto (muscle), Frenkie de Jong (calf), Ronald Araujo (hand) and Eric Garcia (hamstring) miss out while Ansu Fati (hamstring) and Pedri (Covid) are doubts.

Carlo Ancelotti has left Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz back in Spain for the Supercopa campaign, while recalling Dani Carvajal (muscle) and Luka Jovic (Covid) from their absences.

Bale is suffering from an issue with his back, the Italian said with Mariano out due to a hamstring injury.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid prediction

The dawn of the Xavi era at the Camp Nou has been far from glorious and more work is needed to rebuild the club and squad. Madrid, meanwhile, are in their groove this season and Ancelotti will fancy his chances at a first trophy since returning to the club.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Real Madrid secured their 99th competitive win in the fixture with a 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou in October.

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