The first of three meetings in the space of a month comes off on Wednesday evening as Real Madrid play Atletico Madrid.

The two teams meet for the third time in the Spanish Super Cup after two meetings already in the competition in recent times.

Wednesday’s clash is the first of two semifinal games with the other being Barcelona up against Osasuna.

Real Madrid will head to Saudi Arabia in good spirits after winning their past five competitive matches, including a 3-1 victory against fourth-tier Arandina in the Copa del Rey on Saturday.

With Carlo Ancelotti’s side still chasing four trophies, they will now focus on the Spanish Super Cup, which they have won twice since the four-team system was adopted in the 2019-20 season.

Los Blancos have won the Super Cup 12 times in total, but they missed out on adding to that number last season, falling 3-1 to Clasico rivals Barcelona after beating Valencia on penalties in the semi-finals.

Although they were defeated 3-1 by Atletico Madrid in their most recent match in September, Real Madrid responded with a 19-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, comprising 16 wins and three draws.

Atletico have only won the Super Cup twice, once in 1984 and again in 2014, thanks to a 2-1 triumph over two legs against a Real Madrid team led by Ancelotti.

In contrast to Los Blancos, Atletico have struggled for consistency in recent weeks, winning two, drawing one, and losing two of their last five competitive matches.

They will turn their attention to a third appearance in the four-team format of the Super Cup, and their first since losing 2-1 to Athletic Club in the semi-finals in 2022.

The game kicks off at 17:00 GMT.

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