Barcelona vs Atletico: TV channel and kick-off time info ahead of Spanish Super Cup semi-final tonight

Freddie Keighley
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates: AFP via Getty Images

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid feature in the second of two star-studded Spanish Super Cup semi-finals.

The competition is controversially being hosted in Saudi Arabia for the first time, with both semi-finals and the final being played at King Abdullah Sports City.

Barcelona have won the competition a record 13 times, while Atletico have two titles to their name ahead of their showdown on Thursday evening.

The victor of the semi-final will compete in the final on Sunday evening.

Barcelona came out on top with a 1-0 victory in La Liga in December thanks to a stunning winner by Lionel Messi but have lost some key players to injury ahead of this clash.

Here is everything you need to know:

When is it?

Kick-off is at 7pm on Thursday 9 January at King Abdullah Sports City. The final is at 6pm on Sunday 12 January at the same venue.

How can I watch it?

The match is not available to watch in either Spain or the UK. Spanish television broadcasters decided to boycott the Spanish Super Cup following the controversial decision to host the tournament in Saudi Arabia.

Team news

Barcelona are without first choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has suffered in injury to the tendon of his right knee. Neto is expected to start in the German’s absence, while the defending champions are also without the injured Ousmae Dembele and Arthur. Frenkie de Jong is suspended after being sent off for two bookable offences in the 2-2 draw at Espanyol.

Long-term absentees Stefan Savic and Diego Costa are a big miss for Atletico, while captain Koke is also a doubt after missing the last two matches with a thigh problem.

Griezmann faces his former side in Saudi Arabia (AFP via Getty Images)

Predicted line-ups

Barcelona: Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann​​

Atletico: Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Gimenez, Lodi; Correa, Herrera, Thomas, Saul; Felix, Morata​

Prediction

Barcelona are unbeaten in 12 matches but have drawn three of their last four outings and face an in-form Atletico side which has won its last four games in all competitions. However, Messi’s magic was enough to hand Barca victory in early December and he could do the same again. Barcelona 1-0 Atletico