Champions Real Madrid have been piling the pressure La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid ahead of this game against Real Sociedad. With Atletico away to Villarreal on Sunday, Los Blancos will know whether they can further reduce the gap to their local rivals against La Reales.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 1 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad: Premier Sports
Last time: Neither side could make the breakthrough, as Madrid and Sociedad shared a goalless draw at Anoeta in September.
Real Madrid v Real Sociedad Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid are much improved since their first encounter with Real Sociedad this season. Los Blancos are right in the title mix as they bid to successfully defend their La Liga crown, and they may even be able to draw level on points with Atletico Madrid on Monday night.
If Atletico lose to Villarreal the day before, Zinedine Zidane’s side will have the huge motivation of joining their local rivals on 55 points here. Atleti still have a game in hand to make up, but Los Rojiblancos are currently suffering a blip after only winning one of their last five matches in all competitions.
Next weekend’s Madrid derby is a monster, and what happens before that could be key to what transpires at the Wanda Metropolitano next Sunday. Real Madrid may have toiled against 10 men for the majority of their Champions League clash with Atalanta on Wednesday, but that 1-0 victory took them to five wins in a row.
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With Los Blancos keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four of those matches, the hosts here are the 10/11 favourites with William Hill to pick up the win in this Real Madrid v Real Sociedad preview.
To bump up those odds, you can add Zidane’s side to keep a fifth successive clean sheet and win to nil at 2/1. With Madrid winning the first two games of that run 2-0 and the second two 1-0, you can back them to win this game by either of those scorelines at 7/2.
Real Sociedad, meanwhile, are priced at 16/5 in the latest odds for this game. Imanol Alguacil’s side are on a three-match winning run in La Liga and unbeaten in five. However, they took a 4-0 pasting at home to Manchester United in the Europa League last week, and won only one of their nine La Liga fixtures prior to their current unbeaten run.
Sociedad have drawn six of their last 14 league games, while they also took a point off Madrid earlier this season. As that was a first draw in 15 La Liga meetings between the clubs though, another stalemate looks unlikely here at 3/1. With Madrid winning 11 of those 15 games, the home victory appears the way to go – especially at near even money.
One to watch for Real Madrid: With the likes of Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Rodrygo all injured, Zidane needs players such as Vinicius Junior to step up to the plate. The talented Brazilian must add goals to his game, and he is 7/1 to net just his third league goal of the season with the opener here.
One to watch for Real Sociedad: Alexander Isak has scored 12 goals in 20 La Liga appearances so far this season. The 21-year-old Swede bagged a brace when La Reales beat Los Blancos 4-3 in the Copa del Rey last February, and he is 8/1 to break the deadlock in these Real Madrid v Real Sociedad predictions.
Long shot: Madrid are shorn of an array of attacking talent at present, while they’ve struggled to rack up big scores in recent weeks. They’ve only scored more than two goals in a game once in their last 13 fixtures in all competitions, and they are 15/2 to record their third straight 1-0 victory on Monday night. With Vinicius getting the goal, those odds rise to 63/1.