Real Madrid will welcome fellow giants of the Spanish top flight Real Sociedad in match-day twenty-two of the Liga Santander 2017/2018.
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will entertain an ever-demanding crowd of Madrid fans as they gear up to support their underperforming team for a morale boost which can become a catalyst for a mouthwatering clash with PSG.
The match is set to kick-off at 19:45 GMT and will be officiated by referee Alejandro Hernandez.
Real Madrid looked like they were back to their best after scoring seven for Deportivo La Coruna and four in the game with Valencia. But the form was ephemeral.
In their recent game, the Madrid faithful have been shown a cold shoulder as the team played a 2-2 draw against Liga minnows Levante at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.
Los Blancos were unable to showcase the talent they have in store when they faced off against Levante. Sergio Ramos scored within the opening fifteen minutes to give Real Madrid the lead but couldn’t hold on to it, conceding in forty-second minute. Isco looked to have grabbed the winner, but a late equalizer from Pazzini meant Real Madrid dropped points once again.
The pressure piles up on Zinedine Zidane as his side look more and more destined to drop down to fifth in the league in a couple of weeks. Villarreal are only 2 points behind the reigning champions.
Real Madrid have, so far, only thirty-nine points this season. They do have a game in hand, but it seems highly unlikely that they can finish in the top two. They have scored the second-most goals in the league but are leaking goals at the other end, conceding 21 in the process.
Real Sociedad are heading towards this game on the back of a thumping win over Deportivo La Coruna. Before that, Sociedad had lost four games on the trot but ended the poor run with an excellent display at the San Mames, winning 5-0.
The result has helped them to jump up to fourteenth in the league and nine points away from the relegation zone. They now have twenty-six points in the bag after 22 matches played in the league.
Also, Real Sociedad have an excellent goalscoring record in the league this season with 41 goals to their name, only bettered by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia.
The backline of La Real have let forty goals this season; only Betis, Las Palmas, and Deportivo La Coruna have conceded more.
Zinedine Zidane has his captain fit with the only first team player sidelined being Jesus Vallejo, who has a hamstring injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored eight goals this season in sixteen matches, the worst goalscoring form since he moved to the Capital of Spain. With less than half the portion of the season left, the much-feared BBC of Bale, Benzema, and Ronaldo must find their feet if they are to save a misery-filled season.
Eusebio Sacristan’s team has dealt a significant blow with the transfer of star center-back Inigo Martinez to their arch-rivals Athletic Bilbao. Furthermore, Carlos Martinez is out injured.
Central Midfielder David Zurutuza has been ruled out of the match because of the hamstring injury, and Ruben Prado could miss the game because of an ankle injury.
William Jose has been in excellent form for the club netting 11 times already this campaign.
Head to Head
Los Blancos have won all of the recent five matches between the two clubs. The last time Real Sociedad faced off against Real Madrid was earlier in the league campaign when Madrid won 3-1 away from home.
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Lineup ( Possible XI)
Real Madrid Lineup (4-3-3)
Carvajal – Varane – Ramos – Nacho
Kroos – Casemiro – Vazquez
Real Sociedad Lineup (4-3-3)
Alvaro Odriozola – Elustondo – Raul Navas – De La Bella
Xavi Prieto – Zubeldia – Illarramendi
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Prediction
Levante piled up the misery for Real Madrid after they secured a 2-2 draw at home to the champions of Spain. Real Madrid just can’t afford to lose any points from here-onwards. They will give everything for a victory to find their form as the most awaited game with PSG is approaching.
Real Sociedad are aiming to avoid relegation. They are also expecting some point from this game, either a draw or a win. But, the home team will surely have the advantage as the fans will put up a hostile atmosphere.
Our Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad.