It’s Real Madrid Vs Real Sociedad. The Los Blancos face La Liga’s biggest surprise package this season in the shape of Real Sociedad. The visitors are just three places and two points behind Madrid in the table after their impressive start to the campaign.
Zinadine Zidane men currently only trail first-place Barcelona on goal difference and will look to continue to keep pace with their great rivals with victory on Sunday. They come into this game with a lot of confidence after thrashing Eibar by 4 goals. Sociedad, on the other hand, came from behind to salvage a draw against bottom-placed Leganes.
When and where?
- Venue – Santiago Bernabeu
- Time – 1:30 AM IST, Sunday
- Telecast – Sony Ten 2
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James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio and Nacho are in the long term injury list for the capital club. Whether Gareth Bale is selected remains to be seen after his midweek stint during the international break. However, the Welsh Speedster has made it to the travelling squad list. Lucas Vasquez might be out after picking up a toe injury during training.
Despite being on loan for Real Madrid, Martin Odegaard is available for Real Sociedad. If he is selected is still in the air. On the other hand, former Real Madrid player Asier Illarramendi is out after he broke his leg in August.
Real Madrid – Courtois; Mendy, Ramos, Varane, Dani Carvahal; Modric, Casemiro, Valverde; Hazard, Benzema, Bale;
Real Sociedad – Remiro; Zaldua, Normand, Diego Llorente, Monreal; Zubeldia, Mikel Merino; Januzaj, Oyarzabal, Portu; Willian Jose;
Real Sociedad are one of the two LaLiga sides to have scored 100% of their goals from inside the box this season (21 – along with Atlético de Madrid, 15), while Real Madrid is the only side to have conceded 100% of their goals from inside the box (9).
No side has beaten Real Sociedad on more occasions in La Liga history than Real Madrid (81, along with Barca). Real Sociedad have only won one of their last 12 La Liga visits to the Santiago Bernabeu (D1 L10), their last such trip in January 2019 (2-0).
Real Madrid is the side to have scored the highest percentage of their La Liga goals this season in the first half of games (56%) and the lowest percentage in the second half (22%).
Real Madrid Vs Real Sociedad What to expect?
Real Sociedad are flying high at the moment and at least a draw against the capital club will give Imanol Alguacil men a lot of confidence.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, look to maintain the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Unless they choose to heavily rotate their squad ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with PSG, Los Blancos should secure all three points from this one.
Nonetheless, Real Madrid Vs Real Sociedad promises to be a cracker!
Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad
Will Real Madrid continue their purple patch or will Real Sociedad be the party spoilers?
~ Until Next Time
~ Shivashis Patri
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