Real Madrid are riding high on a remarkable 19-match unbeaten streak, claiming victory in 16 of those, and have suffered only a single loss in all competitions this season. As they prepare to face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup in Riyadh, the odds seem to favour Los Blancos.
Under Carlo Ancelotti’s guidance, Real Madrid have not only topped La Liga but have also showcased an exceptional form, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Atletico in a 3-1 match at Civitas Metropolitano back in September. However, that remains Atleti’s lone triumph in their last four encounters with their city rivals.
Atletico’s recent form isn’t as impressive, with only two wins in their last five games across all competitions, including losses to Athletic Bilbao and Girona during the festive period. Diego Simeone’s team could be facing another tough match this Wednesday.
The upcoming clash in Riyadh promises to be a goal-laden affair. Despite Atletico’s likely secondary role in the match, their recent shift towards a more attacking style suggests they’ll contribute to the scoreboard. They’ve managed to score in each of their last four matches, hitting the net three times in most of these games.
Real Madrid, not to be outdone, have been prolific in front of goal, averaging over two goals per game in La Liga this season. However, their defence has been less solid, with just one clean sheet in their last six matches in all competitions.
Given their recent 2-1 victory over Atletico in September 2022, and a history of similar scorelines this season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a repeat of that result in this eagerly anticipated semi-final.