Real Sociedad-Real Madrid Betting Preview: Why a low-scoring opening is in prospect

Our La Liga expert expects an away win, but believes we will be in for a goalless opening 22 minutes at the Estadio Anoeta in Sunday evening's encounter
It has been a disasterous start to the new season for Real Sociedad. Their opening match of the La Liga campaign saw them humiliated by their tiny neighbors Eibar, going down 1-0 to the newcomers in their first ever match in the top flight.

Following that La Real were beaten 3-0 in the depths of Russia by Krasnodar to be knocked out of the Europa League before they reached the group stages.

With those matches in mind the last thing that Real Sociedad need is a visit from European champions Real Madrid on Sunda but, unfortunately, that is the fate that awaits them.

Paddy Power make the visitors the overwhelming favorites at 2/5 (1.40) which may seem a little short for what is usually a competitive fixture, but taking into consideration La Real's poor start to the season it is probably about right.

The hosts for their part are offered at 13/2 (7.50) while the draw is available at 7/2 (4.50).

It would be a brave man who backed Real Sociedad although they will be highly motivated to give a good account of themselves.

They will be looking to frustrate Madrid and not give them space to play in, which could make for a tight opening to the game.

The price therefore of 10/11 (1.91) for the first goal to come after the 22nd minute looks like a great option.

This bet has paid out in the three games that La Real have played this season as well as in seven of their last eight home matches (including the corresponding fixture against Madrid the previous season).

This bet has also paid out in three of Madrid four comeptitive games so far and the price seems generous, making it genuine value for punters looking to invest.

First goal after 22nd minutes at 10/11 (1.91) for a 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid