RM vs RS Dream11: By the time Real Madrid kicks the ball against Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu, the Los Blancos could find themselves three points off the pace, as Barcelona will in action early in the evening against Leganes, and are expected to come away with all three points from Butarque. Regardless of the result in that match, Madrid will be aiming for all three points, because these are the kind of games they are expected to bury week in and week out.
Things seem pretty stable at Madrid these days with the inconsistent start to the season already looking like a thing of a distant memory. The two-week international break certainly makes the things even more distant, but Madrid have improved a lot in the last two month or so, and are very much in the title race with the Catalan giants.
Real Sociedad, meanwhile, are flying high, and find themselves only two points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. The visitors will certainly be motivated by the fact that a win at the Bernabeu will take them to 2nd, or even to the summit of the table if Barcelona lose at Leganes. That's pretty awesome for Sociedad.
The La Liga match will be played between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at Saitama Super Arena, in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The ground has a capacity of 36,500.
The game will start at 03:30 PM (IST), on November, 23.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Real Madrid – D W D L L W
Real Sociedad – L W W D W W
Real Madrid Team News: Lucas Vazquez is the latest player to join Real Madrid's injury list after he suffered a fractured toe during a gym session. Marco Asensio remains a long-term injury absentee with a knee injury, while defender Nacho and attacking midfielder James Rodriguez are also out due to injury.
But Gareth Bale has been included in Madrid's squad, despite his off-field antics putting him under the wrong spotlight. Bale trained with his teammates on Thursday, which means, Zidane may be ready to include him in his matchday programme. Bale's inclusion has seen Vinicius Jr. been left out of the squad.
The following players have been called-up by Zinedine Zidane:
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube
Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Jović, Rodrygo
Real Sociedad Team News:
Former Real Madrid player Asier Illarramendi has been ruled out with an injury. He is the only player on Real Sociedad's injury list at the moment. Mikel Merino is in the squad, which means he has fully recovered from a minor knock.
Real Sociedad squad:
A Remiro, Zaldua, Llorente, Zubeldia, Aritz, Portu, Merino, Willian, Oyarzabal, Januzaj, Aihen, Moya, Guevara, Zurutuza, Isak, Monreal, Odegaard, Le Normand
Real Madrid XI: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Tony Kroos, Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard
Real Sociedad XI: Remiro (GK), Joseba Zaldua, Le Normand, Diego Llorente, Nacho Monreal, Zubeldia, Mike Merino, Portu, Martin Odegaard, Oyarzabal, Willian Jose
Likely to score:
RM vs RS Dream11 teams:
Def: Varane, Mendy, Elustondo
Mid: Hazard (VC), Modric, Portu, Merino/
Attack: Benzema (C), Oyarzabal, W Jose
RM vs RS Dream11 potential winner:
Real Madrid have lost only once in the last 12 league games, and have kept 6 clean sheets in the last 8 games. Real Sociedad have two away wins from the last five games. Madrid should win the game.