" Valencia vs Real Madrid preview: Two teams with depleted attacks

Real Madrid and Valencia open the Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening in the first of the two semi-finals.

Both Zinedine Zidane and Albert Celades will be hoping their teams can do damage despite them both lacking much of their attacking firepower with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Rodrigo Moreno all out.

Luka Jovic is likely to start as Real Madrid’s No.9, leaving Rodrygo as his probable partner if Zidane keeps with his 4-4-2, though Vinicius is also an option.

Zidane could yet opt for more experience, though, and grant Isco a start as a second striker behind the Serbian, then leaving Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric behind in midfield.

A 4-3-3 that could see both Brazilian teenagers flank Jovic is also an option, though Zidane hasn’t tended to go for it in recent weeks.

For Valencia, Rogrigo’s absence is a serious setback for Los Che as he’s one of the players who contributes more than anyone in attack despite scoring just twice this season.

He has six assists as well – the second most in LaLiga Santander.

His absence will see Maxi Gomez remain a reference up top, but Celades has to find him a companion.

Kevin Gameiro’s recovery could allow for a continuation of the 4-4-2 formation, though they’ve never played together as starters.

In fact, they’ve only spent 222 minutes on the pitch together this season and in that time they’ve only scored once – Gomez’s strike against Barcelona.

Both coaches have puzzles to solve as they look to book a ticket to Sunday’s final.

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