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Primera División

  • January 6, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
  • • Attendance: 57136

Real Madrid - Real Sociedad Preview: Los Blancos seek fresh start after winter break

Dogged by poor results, internal conflict and injuries, the defending Liga champions return to Liga action hoping to turn the corner against Philippe Montanier's side


Essien, Albiol, Varane, Arbeloa
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Estrada, Gonzalez, I Martinez, De La Bella
Illarramendi, Pardo
Vela, Prieto, Griezmann

Real Madrid have a host of defensive problems heading into Sunday's Primera Division clash with Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Fabio Coentrao (thigh), Pepe, Marcelo (both ankle) and Sergio Ramos (suspension) are out, but Raul Albiol, Raphael Varane and Gonzalo Higuain all return from spells on the sidelines.

Boss Jose Mourinho is under pressure to restore captain Iker Casillas to the starting line-up, after the Spain international was surprisingly dropped in favour of Antonio Adan for the 3-2 defeat at Malaga.

Real Sociedad are set to be without defender Carlos Martinez, who is struggling with a hip problem.

Midfielder Gorka Elustondo has recovered from a foot injury that has sidelined him since August and is likely to be named on the bench, but Asier Illarramendi is a minor doubt.

  • Real Madrid have won just four of their last nine matches in all competitions.

  • Madrid conceded the fewest number of La Liga goals in 2012, shipping just 34.

  • Los Merengues are on a 20-match unbeaten Liga run at the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Real Sociedad are on an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W4, D4)

  • The Basque outfit have lost their last seven encounter with Madrid.
  • Sociedad's last Liga win at the Bernabeu was a 4-1 success in May 2004.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
18Nacho FernándezDefender
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
13Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
6Íñigo MartínezDefender
22Dani EstradaMidfielder
24Alberto De la Bella Defender
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
14Rubén PardoMidfielder
17Zurutuza Midfielder
7Antoine GriezmannStriker
11Carlos VelaStriker
-D. IfránStriker
15Jon AnsoteguiDefender
-José ÁngelDefender
4Gorka Gorka Elustondo UrkiolaMidfielder
24Asier IllarramendiMidfielder
18Chory CastroMidfielder
-Javier RosMidfielder
Players to Watch
Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
The Real Madrid captain is likely to be restored between the sticks after Mourinho's gamble on starting Adan backfired against Malaga. The spotlight will be firmly focused on Casillas as he strives to plug a rearguard that has shipped nine goals in its last four outings.
D. Ifrán
D. Ifrán
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Uruguayan is likely to get the nod over Imanol Agirretxe to spearhead Real Sociedad's attack at the Bernabeu. Ifran will look to capitalise on errors from Madrid's makeshift backline and fire his side to their first win over the hosts in eight years.
While defensive concerns remain, the return of Higuain should help Madrid have some of their swagger back up front. Sociedad have been in a good run of form of late but will do well to get a point out of this.
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