In the same way that dogs are said to look like their owners, Real Madrid are beginning to bear more than a passing resemblance to their own Portuguese master.
Arrogant, powerful and aesthetically pleasing, Jose Mourinho is moulding Los Blancos very much in his own image.
While October has seen their eternal rivals Barcelona struggle in front of goal, netting just five in four league games, Madrid have been rampant, scoring fifteen during the same period.
Saturday night sees the team from the capital make the trip to the Basque Country looking for their eighth win in a row in all competitions, and they are priced at 23/100 to do so, with the draw available at 21/4 and a home win at 19/2.
Recently, Real Madrid have been an utter pleasure to watch with their swift, sharp, incisive play demoralising defences and at the core has been a rejuvenated Kaka.
The former world player of the year is playing his best football since moving from AC Milan in 2009, having seemingly fully recovered from the chronic injuries which have blighted his career.
Four goals in twelve games has seen him rediscover his scoring touch, and those looking for some value in the scorers market should back him at 8/1 to net first at the Anoeta.
Of course, the Brazilian is not Madrid’s only form player; Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have 24 goals between them this season and it is hard to see none of them scoring on Saturday.
Ronaldo scored his third hat-trick of the season in midweek and he is 9/1 to do so again against the side from San Sebastian.
Despite insipid performances in drawing at Racing and losing at Levante, Madrid have at times looked excellent away from the Bernabeu.
They have scored double the amount of goals away from home than the next highest scorers, and if you fancy another Madrileno goal-fest back Jose Mourinho’s men to win, giving Sociedad a 2-0 headstart.
Available at 3/2 it looks to offer the best value for those confident of a straightforward night at the Anoeta.
But it is worth considering that this corner of the Basque Country is not an easy place to come to.
Sociedad, or La Real as they are known in Spain, had the best home record in the bottom half of the table last season and only Madrid, Barcelona, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao won more home games.
Contests between these two sides in San Sebastian have traditionally been tight affairs so the 11/5 offered on a team to win by one goal difference is incredibly hard to ignore.
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