Los Merengues will be looking to start their La Liga title defence with a win when they travel to San Sebastian for Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid on Sunday night.
- Match Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
- Match Time: 4:00 PM ET
- Venue: Reale Arena
- TV: ESPN+
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Match Preview
Real Sociedad will look to make it back-to-back wins in the league after a clinical performance last time out.
The hosts are currently in fourth place in the league table, five points ahead of fifth-placed Villarreal. They are in a strong position to secure a Champions League spot for next season, which would be their first top-four finish in the league for a decade. The home team have had a solid run of form, picking up seven points from their last three league matches.
Real Sociedad are heading into this fixture on the back of a 2-0 win over Osasuna. And, they will be looking to build on that when they host Los Blancos. Real Madrid, on the other hand, are no longer in contention for the title this season. They sit in second place in the league table, 11 points behind league leaders Barcelona. So they are currently battling with Atletico Madrid for second place.
However, their focus is on the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, with two crucial fixtures coming up in the next week. They will face Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final before playing Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are heading into this fixture on the back of a 4-2 win over Almeria. A Karim Benzema masterclass was the difference between the two teams as the Frenchman bagged another win.
Imanol Alguacil will again be without the services of Sadiq Umar and Martin Merquelanz for this fixture against Real Madrid. But Real Sociedad do have a boost as Diego Rico is back in the squad.
Carlo Ancelotti will be without the services of Ferland Mendy, David Alaba and Luka Modric.
Vinicius Junior and Eduardo Camavinga will also be unavailable for this fixture as they have been suspended following their booking last time out.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Head to Head:
Real Madrid have a good recent record against Real Sociedad and have won 21 out of the last 31 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Real Sociedad’s four victories.
Real Madrid have won only three of their last five matches in La Liga and have suffered damaging defeats at the hands of Villarreal and Girona during this period.
After a run of two defeats in three matches in La Liga, Real Sociedad are unbeaten in their last three matches in the competition and have conceded only one goal during this period.
Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Gorosabel, Elustondo, Le Normand, Monreal; Merino, Guevara, Lopez; Oyarzabal, Sorloth, D Silva
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga, Kroos, Valverde, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
RSO vs RMA: Fantasy XI
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao,Elustondo, Llorente, Merino, Kroos, Valverde,Vinicius, Benzema, Sorloth.