- Competition: La Liga
- Date: 21 August 2016
- Game week: 1
- Kick off: 07:15 BST ( 02:15 EST )
- Venue: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta (Donostia-San Sebastian)
European Champions Real Madrid begin their La Liga campaign on Sunday against Real Sociedad at the San Sebastian stadium. Real Madrid, who finished second in the last La Liga campaign just a point behind the champions Barcelona, start the season with every intention to lift the La Liga trophy, coming May, 2017.
Real Sociedad: Team News
Real Sociedad prepared for this new season in near perfect way being unbeaten in nine of the ten games. Manager Eusebio Sacristan has urged his team to improve the ninth place finish in the last season, and he suggests the new club signings – Geronimo Rulli, Willian Jose and Junami – will contribute to achieve their upgraded ambitions.
Real Sociedad: Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Rulli — Elustondo, Gonzalez, Litri, Martinez — Ilarramendi, Pardo — Granero, Prieto, Zubeldia — Vela
Real Madrid: Team News
The biggest news for Real Madrid is that their all-time top scorer will be unavailable against against the Royals. Ronaldo was injured in the final of European Championship against France and Zinedine Zidane will have to do without the services of the Portuguese against Real Sociedad.
In the absence of Cristiano and another member of BBC trio Karim Benzema, club record signing Gareth Bale will spearhead their attack, with Alvaro Morata providing the supporting role. Bale has impressive record against Real Sociedad at Anoeta, scoring in all of the three games he has played in there.
“When asked if Bale have the ability and personality to lead the attack, Zidane said, as report by Sky Sports.“
“Yes (he can be leader), but like always.
“Bale is an important player in this team. He showed that last season and I think he can continue in the same way this season.
“He wants to continue making history with this great club. It’s an important year for him, and for the others.”
Zidane’s men head into the match in a confident mood after claiming victory in UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla. The 32-time La Liga champions also defeated the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the preseason, so team mentality is the one thing manager Zidane will not have to worry about.
Real Madrid: Predicted Lineup ( 4-3-3 )
Navas — Cavarjal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo — Isco, Casemiro, Kroos — Ascensio, Morata, Bale
Real Sociedad Vs Real Madrid: Head to Head
It is no surprise that Real Madrid have dominated results against Real Sociedad, having won all of the last three games. The latest win for Real Sociedad have came in 2014-2015 season, when the Madrid side were under the stewardship of Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Zinedine Zidane’s men have also the upper hand in terms of win in at the Anoeta. The Capital club have won six of the last 10 fixtures at the home of Real Sociedad, who themselves have claimed two victories.
Real Sociedad Vs Real Madrid: Match Prediction
Although the eleven time European Champions are significantly weakened by the absence of their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, they have enough firepower to outgun Real Sociedad. Alvaro Morata has very good record in front of goal and youngster Ascensio have shown in preseason that he has the ability to score some wonderful goals. The midfield trio of Isco, Casemiro and Tony Kroos should be handy for Eusebio’s men and we predict the capital club to win the game rather comfortably.
Final Prediction: 3-1 in the favor of Real Madrid
Real Sociedad Vs Real Madrid: Betting Tips
- Real Sociedad win: 10/3
- A Draw: 13/5
- Real Madrid win: 4/5
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