La Liga champions Real Madrid get their title defence underway with a trip to the Anoeta to play Real Sociedad. Los Blancos have had some extra time off following last month’s Champions League knockouts, while their hosts on Sunday night opened their campaign with a draw last weekend.
Where and when: Reale Arena – 20 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema got the goals for Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s side won 2-1 at this ground in June.
Real Sociedad v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Although Real Madrid won both of the league meetings between these two clubs last season, Real Sociedad triumphed 4-3 in a lively Copa del Rey clash at the Bernabeu in February, while the Txuri-urdinak beat Madrid 3-1 at home in the 2018/19 campaign. The home team will be no pushover for the potentially rusty champions this weekend.
Imanol Alguacil’s side claimed a top-six finish last term, although they could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Real Valladolid in the curtain-raiser last weekend. Even so, the San Sebastien outfit will hope to catch their visitors this weekend cold after getting 90 minutes of competitive action under their belts.
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Real Madrid to win and BTTS
Real Madrid to win 2-1
Benzema to score first
Madrid haven’t played since losing to Manchester City in their belated Champions League last-16 second-leg tie in early August. Zidane’s preparations for the new season have been hampered by last week’s round of Nations League fixtures, as well as more issues surrounding a number of his big names.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez deemed Eden Hazard unfit to play during the international period, with reports suggesting Madrid’s record signing has turned up for pre-season overweight once again. Hazard is out of this game, while the Gareth Bale issue won’t go away either, with the Welshman and his large salary still on the club’s books.
Despite that, and their limited preparation for this game, the visitors remain the odds-on favourites to pick up the win in this game. They’ve won nine of their last 11 La Liga matches against Sociedad, scoring 27 goals in those nine victories at an average of exactly three per game. Sociedad average less than a goal a game, having netted seven times in those fixtures.
Madrid are 11/14 for another win on Sunday, although the home team will take plenty of confidence from three victories in their last five games against the champions. Alguacil’s side are 4/1 with William Hill to spring the surprise this weekend, while you can back the draw at 3/1 in these Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid predictions.
One to watch for Real Sociedad: David Silva could make his debut for Sociedad this weekend, after arriving on a free transfer during the summer but testing positive for coronavirus soon after. The four-time Premier League winner is 16/1 to mark the occasion by scoring the opening goal of the game on Sunday night.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Only Lionel Messi scored more goals in La Liga last season than Karim Benzema, after the French striker netted 21 times in 37 appearances. The 32-year-old remains integral to Zidane’s plans and is the 19/5 favourite to break the deadlock in his team’s opening game of the campaign.
Long shot: Madrid boasted the best defensive record in La Liga last season, conceding only 25 goals in their 38 fixtures. However, Sociedad put four past a strong Los Blancos line-up in the Copa del Rey in February, and are priced at 200/1 to repeat that stunning 4-3 victory over Madrid this weekend.