Real Madrid did not have an easy job in their return from the winter break, as they got just a point from their away match against Villarreal. They will now play host to Real Sociedad on Sunday, looking for a win that will get them back on track. Real Sociedad have been sliding in the standings prior to the break and will come here looking for some points.
Date/Time: 1-6-2019, 12:30 EST
Spread: Real Madrid -1.5
Total: 3.25 Goals
Real Madrid (9-5-3) did not deserve anything more than the point they got from their away match against Villarreal. Their opponents took an early lead at the 4th minute with Cazorla but Real Madrid pulled even just three minutes later with Benzema. Varane overturned the lead for Real Madrid at the 20th minute before Cazorla scored his second goal of the night at the 82nd minute for the final 2-2 draw. Real Madrid missed a chance to move even closer to the top, and are now still sitting 4th with 30 points. They are just two behind Sevilla, four behind Atletico Madrid and seven behind league leaders Barcelona. Real Madrid have also been strong as usual at home so far in the league (6-1-1), where they also have three more wins and a loss in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. The Merengues will be missing Asensio and Llorent, whole Bale, Modric and Diaz are still questionable.
On the other hand, Real Sociedad (5-8-4) are coming off a very upsetting 1-0 loss at home against Alaves. They were pretty great in the first half but it was their opponents who took the lead at the 11th minute. The second half was much more balanced but Real Sociedad were unable to take anything from that match. Real Sociedad have now lost four of their last five in all competitions and each of their last four league matches. They are now sitting at the 15th spot of the league table with 19 points, just as many as Leganes. Both teams are just three points ahead of Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao and the relegation zone. Real Sociedad have been unexpectedly good on the road (4-1-4), but have won just one of their last five (1-3-1). They can’t catch a break with the injuries, as they might be missing up to six players here.
Real Madrid have dominated this match-up in recent years, winning each of the last seven matches against Real Sociedad. Last season they won at home by a massive 2-5 after a 3-1 win on the road. Moreover, 13 of the last 14 matches between the two sides have produced at least 3 goals.
Real Madrid have won each of the last nine matches as hosts against Real Sociedad and scored at least three goals in the last eight. This is a match-up that traditionally produces a lot of goals so the Over 3.25 is surely the way to go.
La Liga Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Prediction: Over 3.25 Goals (-111)
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