Los Blancos have dropped four points in their last two league matches, and will visit an exciting Sociedad outfit that are one of only two teams to have made a 100% start to the 2017-18 La Liga campaign.
Alongside Barcelona, Sociedad have won all three of their league matches at the start of the new season – scoring an impressive 10 times in the process.
Since finishing fourth in La Liga at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, Sociedad have posted seventh, 12th, ninth and sixth over the last four seasons. They are being tipped to challenge for a Champions League finish once again, but face a serious test of their credentials against the champions this weekend.
Eusebio Sacristan's side opened their league season with a 3-2 win at Celta Vigo, before recording an impressive 3-0 home victory over Villarreal before the international break.
Six points then became nine when they won 4-2 at Deportivo La Coruna last weekend, and the Basque side will also enter this match off the back of an impressive 4-0 victory over Rosenborg in their Europa League group opener on Thursday night.
Balancing the Europa League and La Liga will be a tough challenge for Eusebio this season, and it will be interesting to see just how seriously the European competition is taken, especially if their impressive league form continues.
A squad that has exciting youngsters and experienced campaigners in equal measure, Sociedad will be looking to strike another blow to a Real Madrid team that have dropped four points in their last two league fixtures.
Recent form: WWW
Recent form (all competitions): WWWW
With Barcelona expected to beat Getafe on Saturday afternoon, Real Madrid could be seven points off the top of the table by the time that they take to the field against an impressive Sociedad outfit on Sunday night.
Los Blancos opened their 2017-18 La Liga campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna, but back-to-back home league draws against Valencia and Levante have left them on five points from three fixtures.
It is far from a disastrous position at this stage of the season, but when considering Barcelona's straightforward fixture list over the next few weeks, Real Madrid are facing the possibility of falling further behind.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to action to inspire his team in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with the Portuguese scoring twice in a 3-0 win over APOEL, which saw Real Madrid start their Group H campaign in style.
Ronaldo will once again be unavailable this weekend, however, which places more emphasis on an under-pressure Gareth Bale, who has struggled to hit top form in the early stages of the new campaign.
Real Madrid have stuttered in the early stages of the new La Liga season, but they have a fine recent record against Sociedad, and won 15 of their 19 away league matches last term en route to landing the title.
Recent form: WDD
Recent form (all competitions): WWDDW
Adnan Januzaj is also pushing for a start, but Carlos Vela is expected to start in the final third alongside Willian Jose. Diego Llorente, meanwhile, should feature against the club that he left in the summer.
Ronaldo will serve the final game of his domestic suspension, while Karim Benzema is on the sidelines with a hamstring problem, leaving Real Madrid short in the final third of the field.
Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Rulli; Odriozola, Rodrigues, I.Martinez, Llorente; Prieto, Illarramendi, Zurutuza; Juanmi, Willian Jose, Vela
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Kroos, Casemiro; Bale, Asensio, Isco
Head To Head
Real Madrid have won each of the last five La Liga meetings between the two teams – including 3-0 victories in both league matches last season.
Sociedad have actually only scored twice in their last five league games with Los Blancos, but the Basque outfit did record a 4-2 win over the Madrid giants when they met at the Anoeta in August 2014.
Sociedad won three successive league games against Real Madrid between April 2003 and May 2004, but have only been victorious on one occasion since.
We say: Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid
It would not be a surprise to see the two teams share the points on Sunday night, but Real Madrid know how to grind out victories when needed, and we are backing the champions to just shade an entertaining affair.