Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from a negative result in La Liga this weekend, keeping one eye on how Paris Saint-Germain warm up for their Champions League clash. It’s no understatement to say that Madrid’s season hinges on the gigantic European bout. Only two points clear of fifth-placed Villarreal (albeit with a game in hand), Zinedine Zidane’s last lifeline is a third consecutive Champions League crown after a domestic campaign that’s been nothing short of disastrous.
The notion that Zidane would be sacked this season seemed like a crazy one at the start of the campaign. But Madrid have been making a shortlist of potential replacements for the club legend should they fail to beat PSG in the last 16. Before that, Real Sociedad visit the Bernabeu and will be buoyed by the results achieved by the likes of 17th-placed Levante, who held Madrid to a 2-2 draw last weekend.
Sociedad destroyed Deportivo 5-0 last weekend, provoking the battered relegation battlers to hire ex-Madrid midfielder Clarence Seedorf as manager. Two other former Madrid players scored in that big win. Asier Illarramendi bagged a brace while one-time next big thing Sergio Canales also got on the scoresheet. Could they cause their old side further pain? Zidane will probably be more worried about Angel Di Maria, the Madrid legend who has scored 14 goals in 23 games for PSG this season.