Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad: Whites need win to boost morale

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Odds: Real Madrid 1/5, Draw 6/1, Real Sociedad 19/2

Kick Off: 1945, 10/02/2018

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu

TV: Sky Sports

Real Madrid again let punters down by only drawing 2-2 at Levante but they are still hard to oppose when seeking a seventh straight head-to-head win over Real Sociedad.

The Whites have already beaten Saturday’s opponents 3-1 at Anoeta in LaLiga this term, while the visitors last avoided defeat at this venue 12 years ago.

Zinedine Zidane’s side will be eager to gain some momentum before taking on PSG in the Champions League, so we’re taking 17/2 for a 3-1 home win in our Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad betting predictions.

A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds

Conceding an 89th-minute equaliser at Levante summed up Real Madrid’s season, with such lapses in concentration becoming almost commonplace.

Zidane’s decision to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Marco Asensio after Isco had put them ahead eight minutes earlier showed how anxious the Frenchman has become during the current poor run.

“I changed it because I wanted to add a little more strength in the centre of the field,” admitted the manager.

We’re hoping Zidane learns from that lesson and opts to remain on the offensive late on in this contest.

When looking at the goalscorer markets, it is worth noting that Gareth Bale has a good record against Sociedad, netting six times in his last seven encounters with them.

The Welshman was named the club’s player of the month for January and is tipped at 13/4 to celebrate by opening the scoring in our Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad betting tips.

A Look At Real Sociedad’s Betting Odds

Real Sociedad are down in 14th place but will take heart from ending a run of four straight defeats when crushing Deportivo 5-0 at Anoeta last Friday.

Brazilian striker Willian Jose took his tally for the season to 16 in all competitions and 11 in LaLiga when breaking the deadlock that night.

The 26-year-old had previously netted in a trio of losses versus Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Villarreal, showing that he is not one to hide when the going gets tough.

That admirable trait will serve him well at the Bernabeu, where he spent six months on loan at the start of 2014, scoring a hat-trick for the Whites’ reserves during that time.

Looking at the Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad odds, 7/4 for Willian Jose to net at anytime is worth a saver in what should be an open affair.

Additional stats

Last result:

Levante 2-2 REAL MADRID – Sergio Ramos, Isco

REAL SOCIEDAD 5-0 Deportivo – William Jose, Asier Illarramendi (2), Sergio Canales, Aritz Elustondo

Head-to-head: Real Sociedad 1-3 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 3-0 Real Sociedad, Real Sociedad 0-3 Real Madrid, Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad

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Best bets for Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad

Real Madrid to win 3-1 @ 17/2

Gareth Bale to score first @ 13/4

Willian Jose to score at anytime @ 7/4

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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