Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad match preview and predictions for Monday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of another top six clash in the Spanish top flight.
|Date||Sunday 1st March 2021|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Stadium||Alfredo di Stefano|
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Preview
A very significant weekend at the top of LaLiga concludes with a rare Monday night game involving Real Madrid. They host Real Sociedad in the Spanish capital as Los Blancos look to climb back above Barcelona who picked up a good away win in Seville on Saturday.
Overall Zinedine Zidane will be pretty happy with how the past few weeks have panned out. With extensive injury problems, this could quite easily have been a period that saw them fall out of the title race once and for all. Instead they have closed the gap on Atleti with their city rivals faltering and Los Blancos even managed an away win in the 1st Leg of their potentially tricky Champions League tie against Atalanta.
They were helped out by an early red card for the Italian side but Madrid will be happy to have just survived this period unscathed. They are hoping to have at least a few players back here with their attacking threat having looked almost non-existent at times in recent weeks, at least as far as their top three was concerned. The almost irreplaceable Karim Benzema may even be ready to feature in this game which would be a massive boost.
Real Sociedad were impressive winners away to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey last term and they ought to fancy this too. Their European distractions are no more after a heavy aggregate defeat to Manchester United and they can now focus on continuing their domestic resurgence with three straight league wins recorded heading into this.
It would take some collapse for them not to qualify for Europe again but they will struggle to overhaul a 7 point deficit on Sevilla who are currently in the 4th and final Champions League place. A victory here would certainly raise hopes of that and they should have the tools to ask questions of Los Blancos who will need to keep a close eye on in-form Alexander Isak who has netted in each of his last 6 LaLiga games.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Real Madrid Wins, 3 Real Sociedad Wins, 1 Draw.
- The sides drew 0-0 in San Sebastian earlier this term.
- Real Sociedad have won on 2 of their last 3 visits to play Real Madrid including a 4-3 Copa del Rey win last term.
- Real Madrid have though scored 3+ goals in 10 of their last 11 home games vs La Real in all competitions.
Rodrygo, Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos are definitely out for Real Madrid. The likes of Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Marcelo are still concerns but could yet play some part in this one.
Mikel Merino is banned for the visitors while Aritz Elustondo is an injury doubt.
Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup:
Courtois – Mendy, Varane, Nacho, Carvajal – Kroos, Casemiro, Modric – Vini, Mariano, Asensio (4-3-3)
Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:
Remiro – Monreal, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Gorosabel – Silva, Illarramendi, Guridi – Oyarzabal, Isak, Portu (4-3-3)
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Predictions
LaLiga Expert Predicts: Real Madrid 1-1 Real Sociedad
Much will depend on just how many players Real Madrid are able to get back. A fully fit Karim Benzema would give them some much needed presence in the final third where they have been a bit toothless at times over the past couple of weeks. La Real are in pretty good form once more and while Mikel Merino is a big miss, they could get a result here.