Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Spanish La Liga Date: Sunday, 29th January 2017 Kick-Off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid.
Real Madrid has been sloppy since the start of the new year 2017 and combined with the 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo, they have now failed to win in 4 of their 5 competitive games. Their form during the period reads 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses. It was a the 2-1 defeat against Sevilla that started it all and Madrid are in a desperate attempt to protect a 1-point lead at the top of the table.
Zidane has some major injury concerns for this game. Bale is already out, while Marcelo and Luka Modric are latest additions to the nursing table. They are short of options in defense as Raphael Varane is a major doubt, while Carvajal and Pepe is a certain to miss with injuries.
Real Sociedad are coming on the back of a 5-2 loss at Camp Nou in their Copa del Rey fixture against Barcelona. However, their league form has been good as they are unbeaten in 8 of their last 9 matches. While playing on the road, they picked 4 wins from the last 5 matches. The form is on their side, but their h2h record against Madrid is on the poor side.
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad: Head-to-head stats
Madrid were victorious in the last four meetings against Sociedad. The latest of which came at San Sebastian at the start of this season by a 3-0 margin.
In the matches at Bernabeu, Madrid have picked up 7 consecutive wins, scoring at least 3 goals in the last 6. Sociedad had little success in their visits to Madrid as they managed 1 win and 2 draw in 15 matches since 1998.
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad: Prediction
The main problem for Madrid is their vulnerable defense. With Marcelo, Pepe, Carvajal and Varane out with injuries, we can expect Sociedad to score at least once here. However, it will be difficult for any visiting team to pick points at the Bernabeu. Therefore, Madrid will eventually get their win, but we might see a flurry of goals in this match.
Sergio Ramos had plenty of chances from set piece situations in the midweek clash against Celta. It will be worth to back the Spanish defender to score any-time during the match. Mainly, when Toni Kroos is pretty cynical with his deliveries.
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score and Real Madrid to win at 5/4 (2.25)