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  • May 26, 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
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Real Sociedad-Real Madrid Preview: Montanier's side look to boost Champions League hopes

Real Sociedad-Real Madrid Preview: Montanier's side look to boost Champions League hopes

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The Basque outfit are level with Valencia in fourth in the Liga standings and can ill afford to drop points at home to the second-placed Blancos on Sunday


Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the weekend clash against Real Madrid after suffering a muscle injury in last Saturday's win at Sevilla.

Forward Carlos Vela is suspended after accumulating 10 yellow cards, while defender Mikel Gonzalez is back in contention after returning from a one-match ban.

Madrid trio Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Xabi Alonso sustained knocks in the Copa del Rey final defeat against Atletico Madrid and are doubtful to feature.

Defender Raphael Varane (knee) is definitely out but forward Cristiano Ronaldo is available as his two-game ban for his red card in the final only applies to Copa matches.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Sociedad have only won two of their last five matches in La Liga (W2, D2, L1).
  • The Basque outfit have lost their last seven Liga encounters with Real Madrid.
  • Philippe Montanier will leave Sociedad to join Ligue 1 side Rennes at the end of the season.
  • Real Madrid have just won two of their last six away matches in all competitions (W2, D2, L2).
  • Los Blancos' last defeat away to Real Sociedad came in January 2004.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored six goals in his last four appearances against Sociedad.

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Available Squads
1Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
2Carlos Martínez DíezDefender
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
6Íñigo MartínezDefender
24Alberto De la Bella Defender
5Markel BergaraMidfielder
24Asier IllarramendiMidfielder
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
18Chory CastroMidfielder
27Antoine GriezmannStriker
9Imanol AgirretxeStriker
13ZubikaraiGoalkeeper
19CadamuroDefender
-José ÁngelDefender
14Rubén PardoMidfielder
17Zurutuza Midfielder
-Javier RosMidfielder
21Diego IfránStriker
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
1AdànGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
29MorataStriker
Players to Watch
Asier Illarramendi
Asier Illarramendi
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 23-year-old playmaker is doubtful to start against Real Madrid after picking up a muscle strain in the 2-1 win over Sevilla. Real Sociedad have won just one of six matches in which Illarramendi has not made an appearance this season, and they will be desperate he can return to fitness in order to play a decisive part in Sunday's clash.
Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has bounced back to establish himself as a big-game player in the Madrid side after an indifferent start to his career in Spain. Modric has impressed with some dynamic performances in midfield and could well be a key player for the club in the post-Mourinho era.
Prediction
Sociedad have been hit by the news Montanier will leave the club at the end of the campaign despite the likelihood of Champions League football next season, while the visitors are also preparing for managerial change in the summer after confirming the departure of Jose Mourinho earlier in the week. The home side have all to play for, however, as they bid to secure a lucrative top-four spot and could stretch Madrid's winless run to three matches in all competitions.
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