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Nov 23, 2019 at 8pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Real Madrid
3-1
Real Sociedad
Benzema (37'), Valverde (47'), Modric (74')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Jose (2')

Preview: Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Real Madrid will be looking to make it three straight wins in all competitions when they welcome Real Sociedad to the Bernabeu on Saturday night.

Los Blancos are currently second in La Liga with 25 points to show from their 12 matches, while Sociedad are fifth, just two points behind Zinedine Zidane's side heading into this weekend's clash.


Match preview

Karim Benzema celebrates scoring for Real Madrid on November 9, 2019© Reuters

Madrid have not been without their problems this season, but Zidane's side are level on points with league leaders Barcelona heading into this weekend's set of fixtures.

Seven wins, four draws and one defeat - that is how Los Blancos have performed in La Liga this term, while their recent form has been impressive. Indeed, they have won four of their last five matches in all competitions.

After the disappointment of a goalless draw at home to Real Betis on November 2 - where they missed the chance to go top of the table - the capital giants have thumped Galatasaray and Eibar in two competitions.

Indeed, Zidane's side put six past Galatasaray in the Champions League on November 6 before winning 4-0 at Eibar before the international break. Barca are seemingly not going to run away with the league this season, which hands Madrid a serious chance of wresting back the crown.

It will be fascinating to see whether Gareth Bale is involved this weekend following his exploits with Wales, but either way it is set to be a tough battle against a Sociedad side that have impressed many this term.

Real Sociedad attacker Mikel Oyarzabal in action against Atletico Madrid in April 2018© Reuters

Only Barca have won more league matches than Sociedad this season, with the Basque side putting seven victories on the board from their 13 matches. A total of 23 points has left them in fifth spot in the table, just two points off the top of the table ahead of this match.

Incredibly, just five points separate the top nine teams in Spain's top flight, which is an indication of the struggles that the likes of Barca, Madrid and Atletico Madrid have had in the early months.

Sociedad's standout result of the season was a 2-0 home win over Atletico on September 14, while they have won three of their last five matches in the league to stay in touching distance at the top.

That said, Imanol Alguacil's side were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Leganes before the international break, while they lost 2-1 at home to Levante at the end of last month. Whether Sociedad can show the type of consistency needed to be a top-four team this season remains to be seen.

Madrid have already shown this term that they are vulnerable, though, and a team with the likes of Mikel Oyarzabal and Willian Jose in the final third are certainly capable of causing big issues at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid form: DWLWDW

Real Sociedad form: LWWLWD


Team News

Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid on October 5, 2019© Reuters

Madrid confirmed on Thursday that Lucas Vazquez had joined the injury list, with the Spaniard suffering a fractured toe during a gym session.

Marco Asensio remains on the sidelines with a long-term knee injury, while versatile defender Nacho and attacking midfielder James Rodriguez are also unavailable for selection.

Bale trained with Los Blancos on Thursday having been in action for Wales during the international break, although it seems unlikely that the attacker will be named in the XI on Saturday night.

Marcelo could come back into the side at the expense of Ferland Mendy, though, while Toni Kroos and Rodrygo Goes are also being tipped to make the starting side this weekend.

As for Sociedad, Martin Odegaard should overcome an ankle injury to feature against his parent club, although a spot in the starting XI seems unlikely due to his recent issue.

Meanwhile, Joseba Zaldua, Portu and Mikel Merino all face late fitness test but the trio are being tipped to start.

Asier Illarramendi has not played since the end of August due to an ankle injury, though, and is unlikely to feature against his former club at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Hazard, Benzema, Rodrygo

Real Sociedad possible starting lineup: Remiro; Zaldua, Le Normand, Llorente, Monreal; Zubeldia, Elustondo, Merino; Oyarzabal, Willian Jose, Portu


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We say: Real Madrid 2-1 Real Sociedad

There is no question that Sociedad have the quality to cause Madrid a lot of issues on Saturday night. Zidane's side have been impressive in their last two matches, though, and we fancy the capital giants to record a narrow win in front of their own supporters.


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