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Prediction: Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, La Liga 23 Apr 2024

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Verdict: Real Madrid draw no bet

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Looking to take a giant step towards this season’s La Liga crown, Real Madrid will travel to the Reale Arena when they meet Real Sociedad on Friday night.

Real Sociedad

Starting with the hosts, while Real Sociedad might have turned a corner on either side of March’s international break, Imanol Alguacil’s men have continued to struggle with their consistency since opening the New Year. Crashing out of the Champions League last month following a routine 4-1 aggregate defeat against French giants PSG, La Real now have a major battle on their hands in the race to clinch a top-six finish this time around. Winning just a quartet of their previous 15 appearances across all competitions – a run that times back to January 23rd – Sociedad have also shown some extended issues on home soil. Last seen at the Reale Arena settling for a 2-2 stalemate against an already relegated Almeria, Friday’s hosts have claimed just a single victory in front of their own supporters since the end of November.

Team News

All still dealing with respective long-term injury issues, Real Sociedad will once again be without the likes of Martin Merquelanz, Carlos Fernandez, Bris Mendez and Aihen Munoz. However, after serving a one-match suspension against Getafe last week, midfield talisman Martin Zubimendi should make a full return here.

Although Mikel Oyarzabal might have notched just a single strike from his previous eight appearances for club and country, the 27-year-old should spearhead Sociedad’s charge on Friday night. Making a season-long loan switch from Arsenal, Scotland international Kieran Tierney will likely have to settle for a spot on the bench this weekend.

Real Madrid

As for the visitors, mounting a stunning El Clasico comeback last weekend, Real Madrid find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Eventually leaving the Spanish capital with an action-packed 3-2 victory against their bitter historic rivals, Los Blancos have their sights firmly set on making more history this season. Extending on their Champions League adventure earlier in the month and collecting a heavyweight scalp as they sent defending champions Manchester City packing, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are dreaming of the chance to complete another silverware sweep. Now holding a remarkable 11-point buffer at the top of the La Liga table, the former AC Milan boss will be calling on his squad to make another statement here. Suffering just a single defeat across any competition since opening the New Year, Madrid should be excited by a trip to the Reale Arena here.

Team News

Both still dealing with respective long-term knee injuries and now expected to feature over the final month, Real Madrid will be without the duo of David Alaba and former Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois. However, despite picking up a minor European knock earlier in the month, veteran defender Daniel Carvajal could be handed a full recall on Friday night.

Bagging another astonishing El Clasico winner last weekend and continuing to break a string of records since arriving in the Spanish capital last summer, England international Jude Bellingham will once again play a leading role here. Likewise, notching 19 goals across all competitions this season, Brazilian ace Vinicius Junior will join Bellingham in the final third.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Real Sociedad and Real Madrid met for their reverse La Liga meeting on September 17th, Los Blancos picked up a 2-1 victory in the capital.
    • Madrid have lost just one of their previous eight meetings against Friday’s hosts.
    • Sociedad have recorded just four wins from any of their previous 15 appearances across all competitions.
    • Likewise, La Real have recorded just a single victory in front of their own supporters since the end of November.
    • Real Madrid have suffered just a single defeat on their travels since the end of September.

    Conclusion

    Mounting a stunning El Clasico comeback last weekend as they snatched a 3-2 victory against their arch-rivals, Real Madrid are riding a remarkable wave of momentum. Holding an 11-point buffer at the top of the table and with a famous double-winning campaign at the top of their agenda, Los Blancos should be smelling another potential opportunity here. Losing just one of their last eight showdowns against Sociedad, they will be looking to cash in on a La Real squad that have gained a reputation for their glaring issues on home soil.

    Verdict: Real Madrid draw no bet

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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