Posted: 4:44 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
By Kevin McCauley
David Villa is in the starting lineup for Atletico Madrid against his old team, Barcelona. Can he help his team to a positive result that sends them to Camp Nou with a chance to lift the Supercopa de España?
This year's edition of the Supercopa de España is unlikely to have the intensity of recent years, but don't expect either Barcelona or Atletico Madrid to take it lightly. It's not a Clasico, but the Copa del Rey winners will be looking to prove they belong among Spain's elite.
Last season, Barcelona dropped the Supercopa to rivals Real Madrid. Thankfully for supporters of the Blaugrana, it didn't foreshadow any domestic troubles in the league. While Real did defeat them in the Copa del Rey, Barcelona won the league comfortably and went out of Champions League in the same round as their rivals.
Friday's match is likely to be the first one that new Atleti signing David Villa plays against his former club. He moved to the Vicente Calderon despite offers from English clubs and now faces the tough task of replacing the departed Falcao. On the other end of the pitch, his replacement Neymar could get his first start in a competitive match for his new club.
Atletico Madrid injuries and suspensions
Barcelona injuries and suspensions
Projected lineups (via Barca Blaugranes)
Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Neymar
Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Koke, Suarez, Garcia, Turan, Costa, Villa
Match date/time: Wednesday, 5 p.m. ET, 11 p.m. local
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain
TV: ESPN2 (U.S. - English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), Sky Sports 4 (U.K.), GolTV (Canada), TVE La Primera (Spain)
Online: Watch ESPN (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)