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  • 24 March 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Javier Turienzo Álvarez
  • • Attendance: 76000
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Real Madrid - Real Sociedad Preview: Hosts look to stop the rot against Philippe Montanier's side

Real Madrid - Real Sociedad Preview: Hosts look to stop the rot against Philippe Montanier's side

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After dropping four points in the space of four days, the league leaders vie to bounce back against the Basque outfit at the Santiago Bernabeu without the suspended Jose Mourinho


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo
Benzema
REAL SOCIEDAD

Bravo
Cadamuro, Gonzalez, I. Martinez, De la Bella
Illarramendi, Aranburu
Prieto, Zurutuza, Griezmann
Vela

Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil are suspended for Real Madrid's La Liga encounter with Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

The duo were dismissed in the ill-tempered 1-1 draw at Villarreal along with boss Jose Mourinho, who serves a touchline ban.

With Ricardo Carvalho struggling to recover from a thigh problem, Raphael Varane looks set to start in central defence in place of Ramos.

Fabio Coentrao is likely to be involved after being omitted for "technical reasons" against Villarreal, while Angel Di Maria (thigh) is still sidelined.

Carlos Martinez and Markel Bergara are out injured for Real Sociedad, who look to recover from Wednesday's 3-1 home defeat to Levante.

Gorka Elustondo misses out after his red card against Levante, as does Dani Estrada, who received his fifth yellow card of the season in the same match.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid's 1-1 draw at Villarreal was the first time they had dropped points away from home since a goalless stalemate at Racing Santander in September.
  • The Castilian side have won their last six encounters against Real Sociedad.
  • Karim Benzema (pictured right) has scored 60 goals in all competitions since joining Madrid, nine more than the club's next highest French-born goalscorer, Zinedine Zidane.
  • Real Sociedad have lost six of their last 10 matches in La Liga.
  • The Basque outfit are on a four-game losing streak away from home.
  • Sociedad's last victory at the Santiago Bernabeu came in May 2004.

Players to watch

Cristiano Ronaldo

Position: Attacker

Games: 14

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The Portuguese forward was one of the few Madrid players to come out of the trip to Villarreal with any credit, with most of his team-mates losing their discipline after Marcos Senna's late equaliser. With their swashbuckling style of early season seemingly abandoning them, Los Merengues desperately need the former Manchester United ace to keep banging in the goals as they look to clinch their first La Liga title in four years.
The Portuguese forward was one of the few Madrid players to come out of the trip to Villarreal with any credit, with most of his team-mates losing their discipline after Marcos Senna's late equaliser. With their swashbuckling style of early season seemingly abandoning them, Madrid desperately need the former Manchester United ace to keep banging in the goals as they look to clinch their first La Liga title in four years.

A. Griezmann

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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  • 0
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Montanier will be glad to have the young Frenchman back after he missed the defeat against Levante through suspension. With his quick acceleration and dribbling skills, the 21-year-old provides Sociedad plenty of width and penetration down the left flank.
Montanier will be glad to have the young Frenchman back after he missed the defeat against Levante through suspension. With his quick acceleration and dribbling skills, the 21-year-old provides Sociedad plenty of width and penetration down the left flank.

Editor's Prediction

Back-to-back 1-1 draws for Madrid has blown the Liga title race wide open and Barcelona will be smelling blood after seeing the way Mourinho's side lost their composure at Villarreal. Madrid have looked a little heavy-legged in recent weeks, but they should put Sociedad to the sword to preserve what is still a sizable lead over their arch-rivals.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Madrid

Real Sociedad

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
Draw
Real Sociedad de Fútbol RSO
Real Sociedad de Fútbol Real Sociedad
71%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
8 - 0
Real Sociedad de Fútbol RSO
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
1 - 1
Real Sociedad de Fútbol RSO
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
4 - 0
Real Sociedad de Fútbol RSO

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