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    Real Madrid vs Barcelona – Supercopa de Espana final: TV channel, team news, lineups and prediction

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    Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in the final of the Supercopa de Espana held in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night.

    Once the equivalent of England’s curtain-raising, semi-friendly Community Shield, the Spanish Super Cup has been expanded and exported in the last four years.

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    Real Madrid, who qualified for the four-team tournament in Riyadh as reigning La Liga champions, needed extra time and penalties to squeeze past Valencia – Copa del Rey runners-up – in Wednesday’s semi-final. Barcelona, last season’s second-best top-flight team, were also taken to spot-kicks by Copa del Rey champions Real Betis.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the 251st Clasico.

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    Real Madrid team news

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    Eder Militao had to cut his introductory press conference as a Real Madrid player short because he felt dizzy in the heat of the 2019 Spanish summer. The Brazilian left the pitch in Wednesday’s semi-final with similar symptoms, although that bout of wooziness likely stemmed from a ball to the face.

    In that same match, Madrid lost Lucas Vazquez to an ankle sprain while Eduardo Camavinga is carrying a knee problem. Neither Aurelien Tchouameni nor David Alaba made the trip to Saudi Arabia as they nurse leg injuries. Alvaro Odriozola remains sidelined with a muscular issue.

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    Real Madrid Starting 11 (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Fernandez, Rudiger, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius.
    Bench: Lunin, Lopez, Vallejo, Ceballos, Martin, Hazard, Asensio, Diaz, Camavinga.

    Barcelona team news

    Unlike their eternal rivals, Barcelona boast a squad unblemished by injury. Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres are suspended from league action but both are available for this Supercopa bout.

    Barcelona Starting 11 (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Kounde, Araujo, Alba; Gavi, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Fati.
    Bench: Pena, Christensen, Alonso, Balde, Busquets, Kessie, Raphinha, Torres, Depay.

    As was evident during their semi-final struggles, La Liga’s top two clubs are not at their imperious best. Beset by injuries throughout the spine of the team, Madrid’s unconvincing defensive resolve – Los Blancos have kept just three La Liga clean sheets this season – gives Barcelona a slight edge heading into the showpiece.

    However, the Catalans are hardly a safe bet given their tendency to implode against elite opposition this season, folding in October’s Clasico as well as Champions League ties against Inter and Bayern Munich.

    Among many uncertainties, one guarantee is that the latest edition of the greatest club rivalry will be worth tuning in for.

    Prediction: Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona

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