An injury struck Real Madrid are desperate for three points when they face Real Sociedad at Anoeta in the matchday of the Spanish La Liga season 2015/16.
Sociedad are 12th in the league table and are coming on the back of some bad form after failing to win their last three matches in the league. A top half finish is still in the cards on them and they will be looking to sneak a point here.
Real Madrid are in some excellent form and are on a free scoring mode at the moment. A win here could momentarily put them on top of the Spanish League and must wait how Atletico and Barcelona do in their respective games.
- Real Sociedad are without a win in their last three matches, after losing 2 and drawing 1. They had two brilliant wins prior to that, 2-1 away win at Sevilla and 1-0 home win of Barcelona.
- At home, Soceidad lost two of their last three matches, but were unbeaten in 6 matches prior to that.
- Real Madrid are on a 9 winning streak in Spanish League and scored three or more goals in their last 4.
- The last week’s 3-2 win against Vallecano was the first in 11 league matches that Real Madrid had conceded more than 1 goal.
- The Los Blancos are on a 5 match winning run away from home in the league and are unbeaten in their last 9.
Real Sociedad: Team News
Sergio Canales, Imanol Agirretxe and Carlos Martinez are injured for Real Sociedad, while Carlos Vela is suspended.
Mikel Oyarzabal is fit after picking up a knock last weekend and expected to start in the attacking front.
Real Sociedad: Expected Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Yuri, Martinez, Elustondo, Zaluda,
Illaramendi, Reyes, Bergara,
Oyarzabal, Jonathas, Zurutuza.
Real Madrid: Team News
Both Ronaldo and Benzema are unlikely to feature in the match even if they pass the fitness test. While it is interesting to see if Zidane also opt to rest Bale ahead of the crucial Champions League tie against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Casemiro returns from suspension and is expected to start here, while both Isco and James Rodriguez could come into the starting line-up.
Real Madrid: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Marcelo, Ramos, Pepe, Danilo,
Modric, Casemiro, Isco,
Bale, James, Vazquez.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Head-to-Head Stats
Real Madrid have won in 4 and lost 1 of the last 5 meetings with Sociedad.
Real Sociedead were 4-2 winners when the teams met for the last time at Anoeta. And this remains to be their only win in the last 9 home matches against Real, before losing in 5 and drawing 3 of the previous 8.
The recent meetings between the two sides tend to see a lot of goals, with the last 8 recorded over 3.5 goals and both teams scored in 7 of them.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Prediction
Real Madrid will be without Ronaldo and Benzema and they may even rest Bale keeping the key Champions League semi-final match against Manchester City in mind. If it is form versus form, Real Madrid will surely win this with ease. But we must wait to see what Real Sociedad have in mind, this might be their best chance to mount another upset on a top La Liga team this season, after beating Barcelona 1-0 a few weeks ago.
At the same time, I believe Real Madrid have enough quality to substitute for their missing key players and Sociedad are also missing some first team players. I predict a high scoring game on Saturday afternoon and Madrid could win this 4-2.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Bet Tips
Best Bet: Madrid to score over 2.5 goals at Full Time.
Big Money Bet: Handicap Real Madrid (0:2)