Fans of Valencia will certainly be hoping los Blancos put in a shift against Real Sociedad, given that los Che are locked in a tight battle for fourth spot with the side from San Sebastian.
Paddy Power price an 11th home win of the season for la Real at 6/4 (2.50) while Madrid can be backed at 13/8 (2.63).
The big news of the week here in Spain has been the confirmation that Mourinho will be leaving Madrid at the end of the season, but his opposite number at Real Sociedad, Philippe Montanier, also confirmed this week he would be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign despite leading them to the cusp of the Champions League.
The Frenchman has got his talented side playing to the maximum of their capabilities and at home they have been extremely entertaining.
Their brilliant scoring record goes some way to explaining the prohibitively small price of 2/5 (1.40) for both teams to score on Sunday.
Instead, odds of 8/11 (1.73) for Real Madrid to win a half look to be infinitely more tempting. Despite the home side having more to play for, the price of 8/11 (1.73) for the Blancos to win a half of football looks too good to resist.
This bet has paid out in 14 of Madrid's last 16 matches and really should give punters an excellent chance of making some profit.
For a value bet, back Real Sociedad to score first but fail to win at 2/1 (3.00). Madrid have proven themselves extremely adept at coming back from conceding the opening goal, notching seven wins this season in matches where they have conceded first.
|Real Madrid to win a half at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power
||Real Sociedad to score first but fail to win at 2/1 (3.00) with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a football journalist and TV presenter in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.