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Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Preview, prediction and lineups

Real Madrid continue their march towards the 2023/24 La Liga title on Friday night when they visit an in-form Real Sociedad.

Los Blancos were victorious in El Clasico in their last outing as Jude Bellingham struck another injury-time winner to take his side 11 points clear of Barcelona.

They travel to Reale Arena, where Sociedad await them. The San Sebastian outfit have won three of their last five La Liga matches and sit sixth in the Spanish top flight.

Here’s 90min’s preview of the next test for the champions in waiting.

Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid H2H Record (Last Five Games)

Current form (all competitions)

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

Getafe 1-1 Real Sociedad – 21/04/24

Real Madrid 3-2 Barcelona – 21/04/24

Real Sociedad 2-2 Almeria – 14/04/24

Man City 1-1 Real Madrid – 17/04/24

Alaves 0-1 Real Sociedad – 31/03/24

Mallorca 0-1 Real Madrid – 13/04/24

Real Sociedad 2-0 Cadiz – 15/03/24

Real Madrid 3-3 Man City – 09/04/24

Granada 2-3 Real Sociedad – 09/03/24

Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Club – 31/03/24


TV channel/live stream

United Kingdom

ITVX, ITV 4, Premier Sports 2, LaLigaTV, Premier Sports Player

United States

ESPN+, ESPN Deportes



Takefusa Kubo

Kubo could be back in the starting XI / Aitor Alcalde Colomer/GettyImages

Hamari Traore is out with a shin problem, opening the door for former Los Blancos defender Alvaro Odriozola to start at right-back. Sociedad are also bolstered the returns of Igor Zubeldia and Martin Zubimendi from suspension.

Takefusa Kubo may also start against his former team, supporting Mikel Oyarzabal in attack after two appearances as a substitute.

Real Sociedad predicted lineup vs Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Remiro; Odriozola, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Galan; Merino, Zubimendi; Zakharyan, Becker, Kubo; Oyarzabal.

Jude Bellingham

Bellingham has been ruled out / Eric Alonso/GettyImages

There are a few injury concerns for manager Carlo Ancelotti to consider. Top scorer Bellingham has stomach discomfort and wasn’t included in the traveling squad, while there is also no space for left-back Ferland Mendy.

With next week’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich to consider, rotation has been a major factor.

Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Real Sociedad (4-3-1-2): Kepa; Carvajal, Eder Militao, Nacho, Fran Garcia, Tchouameni, Modric, Ceballos; Guler, Brahim, Joselu

Real Madrid are primed and ready to end the season with more trophies to add to their bulging collection and victory on Friday night would take them another step closer to lifting the La Liga title.

However, with such a lead at the top of the table and a huge European tie coming up next week, some rotation is in order and Los Blancos might not fire as efficiently as they have throughout the majority of 2023/24.

Their hosts have their own European aspirations to keep them focused during the run-in, but Madrid should have star power in their ranks to pick up three more points and edge themselves ever closer to a 36th La Liga title.

Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid


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