Valencia vs Real Madrid line-ups: Team news ahead of Spanish Super Cup semi-final tonight

Freddie Keighley
Karim Benzema has looked a one-man army in front of goal for Real Madrid: Getty

Valencia and Real Madrid go head to head in the first Spanish Super Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening.

The competition changed from a two-team to a four-team format for the first time this season and this semi-final pits Copa del Rey winners Valencia against 2018/19 La Liga third place Real Madrid.

The change of format also led to the controversial decision to host the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, prompting Spanish television broadcasters not to bid for rights to air the game.

Spanish football fans will have to follow the match online as Real Madrid aim to add to their current tally of 10 Super Cups against Valencia, who won the competition in 1999.

Los Blancos are without former Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale as both sides battle for a place in the final. Here is everything you need to know:

When is it?

The match kicks off at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday 8 January at King Abdullah Sports City. The final is at 18:00 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.

Line-ups

Valencia: Domenech; Wass, Gabriel, Garay, Gaya; Kondogbia, Parejo, Coquelin, Soler; Gameiro, Torres

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy, Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Jovic

Team news

Zinedine Zidane may welcome Sergio Ramos back to the side after the captain missed Real Madrid’s victory over Getafe through suspension. However, Eden Hazard has not travelled to Saudi Arabia due to an ankle injury and Marcelo, James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez are doubts for Los Blancos.

Valencia manager Albert Celades is without Lee Kang-in, Cristiano Piccini, Goncalo Guedes and Manu Vallejo.

Prediction

Nothing separated the sides in December and this should be another closely-contested clash, but Real Madrid’s quality should be enough to earn them a place in the final.

Valencia 0-2 Real Madrid