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Real Sociedad – Real Madrid 26.05.2013


Real Sociedad – Real Madrid 26.05.2013

Real Sociedad are currently sharing the fourth position with Valencia.

The remaining two rounds will decide which team will participate in the next season UEFA Champions League qualifications. Real Sociedad have a small advantage, they have a better H2H record (won both games against Valencia), but on other side they have harder schedule. Sociedad have to play against Real Madrid at home and travel to struggling La Coruna in the last round.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have nothing to play for, except pride. Their actual form is also questionable, particularly on road. Real won just two of their last six away matches in all competitions. The atmosphere in the team is far from ideal – Mourinho will leave the club next week and some players (Casillas and Pepe for example) are happy with that.

About the team news, Sociedad striker Carlos Vela is suspended due to accumulated yellow cards, while the midfielder Asier Illarramendi is doubtful after suffering a muscle injury against Sevilla last Saturday. The guests have four injured players – Raphael Varane is definitely out, while Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Xabi Alonso are doubtful to feature after sustained knocks in the cup final against Atletico Madrid.

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I have no doubt that Sociedad will attack here, even the opponent is Real Madrid. Valencia have an easy home game with Granada, so three points from this match could be crucial. But to attack Real Madrid is very danger. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 34 goals in Primera and I am sure he will like to improve his record. Los Blancos have produced two very efficient matches in the last three rounds – won 6:2 against Malaga and 4:3 against Valladolid.

At the end I will mention that 13 goals were produced on the last two mutual games between Sociedad and Madrid. I expect at least three goals to be scored now.

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