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Real Madrid vs. Athletic Club Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
12 January 2021
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Estadio La Rosaleda – Spanish Supercopa
Real Madrid head to Malaga in midweek action to face Marcelino’s Athletic Club in the Spanish Supercopa semi-final. The winners will face either Real Sociedad or Barcelona.
Los Blancos beat their Basque rivals 3-1 in La Liga action back in December and Zinedine Zidane`s side have a strong record of 11 games unbeaten against them.
A goal from Toni Kroos and two from Karim Benzema did the damage in that December game, with Ander Capa scoring for Athletic, who had to play most of the game with 10 men after Raul Garcia was sent off in the 13th minute.
Zidane is likely to rotate his starting side to cope with the demands of a busy run of matches this month with Vincius Junior and Martin Odegaard potentially coming back into the team.
New Athletic Club boss Marcelino will be without key defender Yuri Berchiche for this clash with Mikel Balenziaga expected to step in as his replacement at the back.
Real Madrid vs. Athletic Club Preview and Predictions
Real Madrid head into this tie on the back of a difficult week for the club after their poor performance in their 0-0 draw away at Osasuna last time out. Storm Filomena disrupted their journey to Aragon and the club have opted to remain in the city and travel directly to Malaga to avoid unnecessary travel in difficult weather conditions.
Athletic Club’s plans were also hit by the ongoing snowstorms in around the Spanish capital after their plan was unable to land at Madrid’s Barajas Airport last weekend. That forced the cancellation of their clash at Atletico Madrid with Marcelino only taking charge of one game at the club so far.
Real Madrid are the current holders of the Spanish Supercopa after beating Valencia in the 2019 final, and Zidane´s team are second to Barcelona as the most successful club in the history of the competition.
With Marcelino still bedding in at San Mames, Real Madrid will fancy their chances in this tie, with a Los Blancos win coming in at a price of 1.68. Athletic are 5.25, with the draw after 90 minutes at 4.00. To qualify, Madrid are 1.33, and Athletic are 3.30.
Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have struggled to find a regular goal scorer in this competition – or most others, Benzema aside. But with two goals in the 2017 final, Spain international Marco Asensio is the closest option they currently have and will be a threat here.
Real Madrid to win 1-0 at 6.00
Zidane needs to strike a balance in the weeks ahead with a demanding run of league games coupled with the return of the Champions League next month, but they should have enough to seal a spot in the final.
Real Madrid to win and under 2.5 goals scored at 3.90
Real Madrid have not looked as potent in front of goal at the start of 2021, with just five goals scored in their last four league games. Athletic won’t open up either, so Madrid will have to work for any goals they can get.