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Insight and Analysis: Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Super Cup Semi-Final Match Prediction

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Spanish Super Cup Semi-Final match prediction, odds, preview, facts, Injuries, suspensions, how to watch.

For this Super Cup match, Saudi Arabia will host both La Liga (LL) champions Atlético Madrid and Copa del Rey (CDR) runners-up Athletic Bilbao. 

The defending LL champions, in especially, were in great spirits as they traveled to Riyadh after a positive away point against Europa League champions Villarreal. 

Angel Correa scored a crazy goal from the halfway line in this game! 

In terms of the title battle, Atlético remain well behind the leaders. 

Diego Simeone will be seeking to write the capital club's name into Supercopa de Espana history as the third team to win the competition since the four-team system was introduced. 

Simeone's dominating 87 percent unbeaten record against Athletic in head-to-head matches gives hope of reaching a second Supercopa final at the third attempt (W16, D4, L3). 

Athletic, the current holders and LL European prospects, have benefited tremendously from the four-team structure as they strive to win a second consecutive Supercopa despite only qualifying as CDR runners-up the previous season. 

Marcelino's team has reason to be optimistic heading into this match, having followed up an eight-game winless streak with four consecutive unbeaten performances in their last five games (W3, D1, L1). 

Given Athletic's recent improvement, Marcelino will be hoping that his team can channel the spirit of the team that raced to a 2-0 half-time lead against Real Madrid in last season's semi-final before hanging on to win 2-1. 

Athletic's chances are fueled even more by the fact that they've only lost one of their last four head-to-head matches (W1, D2, L1). 

Players to watch

Correa, who has five goal contributions (G2, A3) and four bookings in his 12 personal H2Hs against Athletic, is never far away from the action. 

Athletic's 21-year-old Oihan Sancet is having a breakout season, having tripled his score in his last away league game with his first professional hat-trick. 

Hot stat

Athletic (36) is the most disciplined team in LL this season in terms of yellow cards (1.71 yellow cards per game on average). 

Team News

Atletico Madrid

(Atletico Madrid players training)

With a muscular issue, Antoine Griezmann will be out until February, while Stefan Savic is a question. 

Jose Maria Gimenez and Luis Suarez are both expected to return to the starting lineup after serving their suspensions. 

If Diego Simeone persists with his 4-4-2 formation, Geoffrey Kondogbia may be forced to go. 

Athletic Bilbao

(Athletic Bilbao players training)

Unai Nunez is doubtful due to a leg injury, while Unai Vencedor is dealing with a muscle problem. 

Yuri Berchiche is on his way back from surgery, and Asier Villalibre is also on his way back. 

Ander Capa is a question mark with an unspecified problem. 

This season, Marcelino has maintained a consistent lineup, and he is unlikely to change it now. 

Prediction 

Atletico Madrid travel to Saudi Arabia after a good point away from home last time out, drawing 2-2 with Villarreal despite being second best for the majority of the match. 

Angel Correa scored from the halfway line, then Geoffrey Kondogbia equalized after Villarreal made a comeback. 

Following a triumph over Rayo Vallecano and four straight league defeats, Diego Simeone's side are working hard to get back on track. 

The absence of Antoine Griezmann, meanwhile, will not assist their cause. 

Athletic Club are coming off a frustrating goalless draw with Alaves, which they drew 0-0 despite dominating their struggling Basque opponents. 

The draw came after a 2-0 win in the Copa del Rey over Atletico Mancha, thanks to two goals from Nico Williams. 

Prior to that, Marcelino's team defeated Osasuna 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Oihan Sancet, rebounding from a close setback to Real Madrid. Athletic Club is still making appearances throughout Europe. 

Athletic Club comes into this one in stronger form, so it'll be a tough choice. In normal time, it's possible that the game will conclude in a tie.

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