When Real Madrid resumes their domestic campaign Tuesday night at top-four contender Real Sociedad, they will look to make it back-to-back victories in La Liga.
Following their defeat against Athletic Bilbao on April 15, Real Sociedad has bounced back with an impressive run, securing seven points from three league matches.
The team’s victories against Rayo Vallecano and Osasuna and their draw against Real Betis have helped them maintain a comfortable lead over fifth-placed Villarreal, currently sitting in fourth place.
This position puts them in pole position to secure a Champions League spot for next season, which would be their first top-four finish in Spain’s top-flight for a decade.
Under manager Imanol Alguacil, Real Sociedad has been consistent at home, picking up 28 points from their 15 league games during the 2022-23 season.
However, their upcoming match against Real Madrid poses a significant challenge. The visiting team has the second-best record away from home in the league, with 31 points from their 16 matches, just behind Barcelona.
Real Sociedad La Liga Form: W L W D W
After a surprising loss to Girona last week, Real Madrid bounced back with a 4-2 victory over Almeria in a Saturday afternoon clash in the Spanish capital.
However, it is highly unlikely that they will win the title this season, with Barcelona currently holding an 11-point lead at the summit and only six games left in the campaign.
While Real Madrid is currently in a battle with Atletico Madrid for second place in the table, their focus is mainly on the upcoming Copa del Rey and Champions League matches.
Under the leadership of manager Carlo Ancelotti, the team hopes to secure victories in both competitions in the latter stages of the campaign.
Real Madrid is set to face Osasuna in the final of the Copa del Rey next Saturday before welcoming Manchester City for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final three days later.
Real Madrid La Liga Form: L W W L W
Real Sociedad will have to continue playing without the services of Diego Rico, Sadiq Umar, and Martin Merquelanz when they face the reigning Spanish and European champions on Tuesday.
Real Madrid will again have to cope without Ferland Mendy and David Alaba due to injury concerns and Luka Modric, who is out with a hamstring issue.
Real Sociedad’s expected starting lineup:
Remiro; Elustondo, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Munoz; Merino, Zubimendi, Mendez; Oyarzabal, Sorloth, Kubo
Real Madrid’s expected starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Valverde, Tchouameni, Ceballos; Asensio, Benzema, Rodrygo
Head to Head
Real Madrid has enjoyed a strong recent record against Real Sociedad, winning 21 out of the last 31 matches between the two teams.
Real Sociedad has secured only four victories in this period, making it a challenging fixture for the Basque side.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Tuesday, May 02
Time: 08:00 pm, UTC
Venue: Reale Arena Stadium, San Sabastian City
The upcoming match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad is important for both teams, albeit for different reasons.
Given the significance of the match for both teams, a draw could be seen as a decent result for both sides.