Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad – LIVE Reddit Soccer 06/03/2022
Real Madrid are currently five points clear of second-placed Sevilla in the table following back-to-back victories over Deportivo Alaves and Rayo Vallecano. But with a huge UEFA Champions League encounter against PSG coming up in midweek, Carlo Ancelotti will have an eye on that match, which could influence his team selection. Real Sociedad, meanwhile, are firmly in the battle for a top-four finish. The Basque outfit occupy sixth place in the standings, behind Barcelona in fourth by just a point, although they have played a game more. Following a run of three games without a win in all competitions, La Real have picked up consecutive victories against Osasuna and Mallorca and will hope to build on that momentum when they visit the capital.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he has a near full-strength squad at his disposal, with midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde being the only absentees. However, the Italian insisted that he expected the duo to be back in time for the crucial clash against Paris Saint-Germain. Despite the looming European tie, Ancelotti is unlikely to rotate his troops much and will field his strongest possible lineup. Thibaut Courtois is a certainty to feature between the sticks. David Alaba, who is back to full fitness, should return to the side, slotting in at the heart of the Real Madrid defence alongside Eder Militao. Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy are obvious picks in the full-back positions.
Casemiro, who will be suspended for the game against PSG, should feature for the entire of the ninety minutes against Sociedad and will look to curb the influence of David Silva. Luka Modric will have added responsibility on him in the absence of Kroos on Saturday. Eduardo Camavinga should occupy the third spot in the middle of the park and look to make an impact with his progressive passing.
Marco Asensio should keep hold of his spot on the right flank, while Vinicius Junior is a permanent fixture on the left. Karim Benzema should be the man leading the line for Real Madrid. Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Rodrygo Goes and Luka Jovic will provide options from the bench if Ancelotti decides to shuffle the pack in the second half.
Real Madrid will be bidding to make it three straight La Liga victories when they continue their title charge at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday night. Los Blancos are currently top of the division, six points clear of second-placed Sevilla, while Real Sociedad occupy sixth, just one point behind fourth-placed Barcelona.
Much of the talk in recent days has been about Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain at Bernabeu next week, where Carlo Ancelotti’s side will look to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition. However, Los Blancos cannot afford to take their eye off the ball in La Liga, as second-placed Sevilla could have closed the gap to three points by the time that this match kicks off on Saturday night.
Real Madrid have responded impressively to their shock 1-0 defeat at Getafe at the start of January, winning four of their last six league matches, including their last two against Alaves and Rayo Vallecano, while they have not conceded a single goal in La Liga since January 23.
Ancelotti’s team have a huge end to March, following the clash against PSG with league matches against Mallorca and Barcelona, and it will be interesting to see whether the Madrid giants pull clear at the summit, with Sevilla desperately trying to stay close to the current leaders.
Real Madrid ran out 2-0 winners over Real Sociedad in the reverse match earlier this season, but the points were shared in a 1-1 draw when they last locked horns at Bernabeu last term. Real Sociedad, meanwhile, were eliminated from the Europa League at the end of last month, losing 3-1 at home to RB Leipzig in the second leg of their knockout round playoff fixture.
The Basque outfit have responded impressively to the European disappointment, though, winning their last two in the league, beating Osasuna by a single goal at the end of February before recording a 2-0 victory over Mallorca on Wednesday evening to return to sixth spot in the table. Real Sociedad have now collected 44 points from their 26 league matches this season, which has left them just one point behind fourth-placed Barcelona, so a Champions League finish is still open this term.
The White and Blues have won five, drawn four and lost four of their 13 league games on their travels this season, while they have a recent Bernabeu success to their name, recording a 2-0 victory in January 2019. Head coach Imanol Alguacil will be hoping that Real Madrid’s focus on the huge European fixture with PSG will allow Real Sociedad to collect a huge three points, as they push towards the top four at the business end of the season.
Real Madrid is firmly keeping tabs on the first place in La Liga and the team has four wins in the last six games, so they are in good form at the moment. However, Real Sociedad is also in good form with three wins in the last four games, so this may be a close game. Still, Real Madrid is clearly the better team and they will play at home, so we expect them to get the three points from this game, even if it turns out to be a much tighter affair than expected.
In the last six matches in La Liga, Real Madrid has four wins and two ties, and they are keeping up their advantage over Sevilla, who is currently six points behind in the second place. All things considered, Real Madrid is clearly having a very good season, but it will also depend on their upcoming second leg against PSG on Wednesday and whether they can avoid elimination from the Champions League.
The Basque team enters this game with three wins in the last four games, broken only by a tough loss to their rivals Athletic Bilbao. In any case, it seems that Real Sociedad finally found their form from the first half of the season and that could be crucial in their race to a Top 4 finish and a place in the Champions League for next season.