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  • October 29, 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
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La Liga Preview: Real Sociedad v Real Madrid

La Liga Preview: Real Sociedad v Real Madrid

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Jose Mourinho's men travel to San Sebastian where they will be looking for their sixth straight win in the Primera Division against the struggling Basque side


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

REAL SOCIEDAD

Bravo
C. Martinez, I. Martinez, Demidov, Bella
Aranburu, Mariga
Prieto, Zurutuza, Griezmann
Vela

  REAL MADRID
 
Casillas
Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo
Xabi Alonso, Khedira
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Higuain


Real Madrid will be without the injured Raul Albiol who is currently nursing a fractured cheekbone, while Nuri Sahin and Ricardo Carvalho are not yet fit after recent knee and back injuries respectively.

Jose Mourinho is expected to rotate from the side who beat Villarreal 3-0 on Wednesday with Kaka and Karim Benzema likely to make way for Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain in attack.

Sociedad are likely to go with one up front with on-loan striker Carlos Vela leading the line. Captain Mikel Aranburu could return in the centre of midfield while Xabi Prieto may return to the starting line-up ahead of Daniel Estrada.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Sociedad have lost only one of their last eight home games in the league, although they have won only one of their last five.

  • Philippe Montanier's men are 15th in the Liga table, having won only two of their opening nine games.
  • The last time that Undiano Mallenco was referee for this match, the game ended 2-2 in November 2005, with both sides being reduced to 10 men.
  • Real Madrid have won the last 67 league games where they have taken the lead, a run that started after a 2-1 defeat against Osasuna in May 2009.
  • Angel di Maria has seven assists in La Liga, more than any other player in the league this season.
  • Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight games against the Basque club, winning six of these encounters.

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Available Squads
1Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
2Carlos Martínez DíezDefender
11Vadim DemidovDefender
19CadamuroDefender
6Íñigo MartínezDefender
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
-McDonald MarigaMidfielder
22Dani EstradaMidfielder
5Markel BergaraMidfielder
11Carlos VelaStriker
13ZubikaraiGoalkeeper
14Rubén PardoMidfielder
9Joseba LlorenteStriker
7Antoine GriezmannStriker
11Mikel Aranburu EizagirreMidfielder
9Imanol AgirretxeStriker
24Alberto De la Bella Defender
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
7C. RonaldoStriker
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
12MarceloDefender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
8KakáMidfielder
Players to Watch
Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young French winger is a genuine talent and has the pace and skills to unlock a sturdy Madrid defence. Griezmann will need to be at top form if he is going to have an impact on the game.
Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Kaka's return to form, the German playmaker has not been a guaranteed starter in recent weeks. However, if he starts against Sociedad, expect the former Werder Bremen man to play a big role in creating chances for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain.
Prediction
Jose Mourinho's men are in superb form of late and with their array of attacking talent, it is hard to see anything other than a comfortable win for the away side, against a Sociedad team who are not too far away from the relegation zone.
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