Atletico Madrid faces Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup semifinals. The match will be played on Thursday, January 13th at King Fahd International Stadium (Riyadh)
Atletico Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup two times. The last triumph of the Mattress Makers happened in 2014 when they dealt with Real Madrid in the away match (1-2). Simeone’s charges ended the past calendar year unsuccessfully with a streak of four consecutive defeats in the national championship. At the beginning of 2022, the results of the Indians have changed. They defeated Rayo Vallecano (2-0) and knocked out the representative of the 3rd division, Rayo Majadahonda, from the Spanish Cup (5-0). On January 9, Atletico Madrid gained a draw in a difficult LaLiga away match against Villarreal (2-2). Angel Correa scored from midfield, and Geoffrey Kondogbia, who left the Indians in the minority at the end of the 2nd half, scored another goal for the Mattress Makers.
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Athletic Bilbao won this trophy three times. Moreover, the Basques are the reigning holders of the Super Cup. In the final game of the previous draw, they beat Barcelona in extra time in Seville on January 17, 2021 (3-2). Athletic Bilbao, which could not win in eight consecutive rounds of LaLiga, slightly improved their results at the end of the calendar year. In the next five official matches, the Lions were stopped only by the leading Real Madrid (1-2). Last Sunday they played an away championship match against Alaves (0-0). That game was more memorable for the struggle than for the dangerous scoring chances — the opponents delivered only three shots on target for two.
In the current season, Atletico Madrid has already crossed paths with the Basques. On September 18, 2021, the capital team hosted Athletic Bilbao in the 5th round of the Spanish LaLiga. The match ended without goals, and the Mattress Makers finished it with ten men due after João Felix was sent off in the 78th minute. It is quite possible that the new confrontation will also not be remembered for a large number of goals. The Basques have conceded only one goal in the last three games and have shown a penchant for defensive and cautious football. Atlético Madrid is also unlikely to open up, especially after the overly open game against Villarreal, which exposed the weak points of the team.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.25 goals scored