La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Real Sociedad
Jagoba Arrasate's men held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in midweek, but they face a stern test against the hosts' dynamic attack which has 12 goals in three games.
By Alex Fisher
The expensively-assembled front three have been in lethal form in recent weeks for the Spanish giant, scoring all 12 of Madrid's goals between them in the past three matches.
Following their defeat to Barcelona in the Clasico last month, los Blancos have seen Ronaldo score six times, while Benzema and Bale have both found the back of the net on three occasions.
That does not bode well for Sociedad, which ahs not beaten Saturday's hosts in their last 12 competitive meetings, a run that stretches back to May 2004.
Sociedad arrives at Santiago Bernabeu unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions, however - including a 0-0 draw with Manchester United in the Champions League in midweek - although it is 11 points behind its opponent in the league table.
It is the club's away form that has let it down this season - it has only won once in the league on the road - and midfielder Xabi Prieto knows that he and his teammates will have to raise their game to get anything in the capital.
"We have to stay focused and play a good game if we are going to get something," Prieto said ahead of the match. "Let's see if we can continue in the way that the team is playing on a big stage.
"We always expect a great Real Madrid, playing at home with the support of their fans, and we need our best."
Portuguese trio Ronaldo, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao all missed training for Madrid on Thursday but are expected to be fit for the clash, although Marcelo has been ruled out with a knee problem.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti will have a decision to make about who starts in goal after Iker Casillas' fine performance against Juventus in the Champions League in midweek, with Diego Lopez having started every league game so far this season.
Former Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero will not be available for the visitors after the 26-year-old damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in mid-September, while Diego Ifran is also out with a similar problem.
Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad
- 14.97 %
Real Madrid 4-1 Real Sociedad
- 14.33 %
Real Madrid 3-0 Real Sociedad
- 9.29 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||Nov 9, 2013||Real Madrid 5 - Real Sociedad 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||May 26, 2013||Real Sociedad 3 - Real Madrid 3|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Jan 6, 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Real Sociedad 3|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Mar 24, 2012||Real Madrid 5 - Real Sociedad 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Oct 29, 2011||Real Sociedad 0 - Real Madrid 1|
|Mar 2, 2014||Atletico Madrid 2 - Real Madrid 2||LIGA|
|Feb 26, 2014||Schalke 04 1 - Real Madrid 6||UCL|
|Feb 22, 2014||Real Madrid 3 - Elche 0||LIGA|
|Feb 16, 2014||Getafe 0 - Real Madrid 3||LIGA|
|Feb 11, 2014||Atletico Madrid 0 - Real Madrid 2||ESPC|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|2||Carlos Martínez Díez||Defender|
|3||Mikel González Martínez||Defender|
|4||Gorka Gorka Elustondo Urkiola||Midfielder|
|24||Alberto De la Bella||Defender|