Preview: Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid

Preview: Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid

Real Madrid will be looking to make it eight straight victories in all competitions when they head to San Sebastian on Saturday night to face Real Sociedad.

Los Blancos are currently top of the table, seven points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, while Real Sociedad sit third in the division, also seven points off the summit.

Real Sociedad can be delighted with their 2021-22 La Liga campaign to date, boasting a record of eight wins, five draws and two defeats from 15 matches, which has seen them collect 29 points to sit third in the table.

The Basque outfit are level on points with second-placed Atletico Madrid but are now seven behind leaders Real Madrid, and Los Blancos have the look of a team capable of opening up a big advantage in the coming weeks.

Real Sociedad actually lost at Espanyol in the league last weekend, which followed a 2-1 defeat at Monaco in the Europa League, which has left the La Liga club sweating on a spot in the next round of the European competition ahead of their clash with PSV Eindhoven next week.

Imanol Alguacil’s team need to beat PSV to secure second spot in the group and will be desperate to enter that contest off the back of a positive result in the league.

Real Sociedad did manage to return to winning ways in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, though, recording a 4-0 success over Panaderia Pulido to advance to the second round of the competition.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have been in brilliant form of late, winning each of their last seven matches in all competitions, while they are unbeaten since a 2-1 reverse at Espanyol on October 3.

Los Blancos have already managed to book their spot in the knockout round of the Champions League and will face Inter Milan next week for the right to finish at the top of Group D.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been victorious in their last five in the league, meanwhile, including two huge wins over Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao on November 28 and December 1 respectively.

As mentioned, the gap to second-placed Atletico, who have a game in hand, is seven points, and the capital rivals will meet at Bernabeu in the league on December 12.

Real Madrid have not been without their problems this season, but a record of 11 wins, three draws and one defeat from 15 league matches is a very impressive record, and it would be right to consider the capital giants as firm favourites for the title heading into the latter stages of 2021.

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Real Madrid La Liga form:
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We say: Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s impressive winning run will come to an end at some point, but we are expecting Los Blancos to triumph here. Real Sociedad deserve a lot of respect for their form this season, but the Basque side are missing two influential midfielders, and we fancy Los Blancos to edge a close contest on Saturday.

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