Real Sociedad, who lead La Liga for a short time, have lost one, drawn two and won three of their last six fixtures, but now sit 5th in the table. Real Madrid currently occupy 2nd spot in La Liga, 11pts clear of Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid have been battling an injury crisis but still managed to win their last five matches in all competitions. They cut the deficit behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga to three points. Zinedine Zidane’s side started the run with a 2-1 win at Huesca before 2-0 home wins against Getafe and Valencia. Real Madrid won 1-0 at Real Valladolid before a huge win in the UEFA Champions League. Los Blancos won 1-0 at Atalanta to give them a great chance to progress. They played against 10 men for 73 minutes in Italy, Ferland Mendy scoring a late winner in their second straight match without top scorer Karim Benzema. Real Madrid have a number of players injured. Defenders Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos are injured with Eder Militao and Alvaro Odriozola doubtful. Midfielder Federico Valverde is out alongside wingers Eden Hazard, Rodrygo and star striker Karim Benzema. Isco started as a striker in Italy with Mariano coming off the bench.
Real Sociedad have been hard to beat in recent weeks, going undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches in all competitions. They sit 5th in La Liga and have reached the Copa del Rey final.
Imanol Alguacil’s side suffered a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg. The match was played in Italy which negated any home advantage. Real Sociedad returned to La Liga with a 4-0 home win against Deportivo Alaves. Alexander Isak hit a hat-trick and Portu wrapped it up. They drew 0-0 against Man United at Old Trafford in the second leg, Mikel Oyarzabal missing a penalty and Modibo Sagnan hitting the woodwork. Attacking midfielder Luca Sangalli is out with a knee injury. Swedish striker Alexander Isak has scored 9 goals in his last 6 matches in La Liga.
Real Madrid have an 87-30 advantage against Real Sociedad with 39 draws in 156 matches. Real Madrid have form in their favour as well as the home advantage on Monday night, so the smart money is going on a home win. The goals are also expected to flow on Monday, so don’t be surprised to see both teams score and over 2.5 goals in this one.
PREDICTION : REAL MADRID 2-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP : REAL MADRID WIN OR OVER 2.5 FT GOALS