RS vs RM Dream11 Prediction: Real Madrid kick-off their title defence with a trip to the Basque region of Spain to take on Real Sociedad. Real Madrid won the league last season by 5 points, finishing over their rivals – FC Barcelona. Zinedine Zidane’s second stint at the club is turning out to be as lucrative as his first one as he won the La Liga title in his first full season back as manager. He also won the Supercopa de Espana by beating local rivals, Atletico Madrid, on penalties. He takes on Real Sociedad tonight who have always been a thorn in their way in the recent past. La Real finished 6th in the La Liga last season, securing them a spot in the Europa League this season. Imanol Alguacil’s side already begun their league campaign last week with a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Real Valladolid. Now back at home, they will be far more confident and well-aware that this being Madrid’s first game, they will not be as warmed up. Taking the game to Madrid and making them work hard for each ball can cause some strain to the Los Blancos who have not had a decent pre-season either. Making the trip away from home to a tricky opposition is not an easy ask from Real Madrid but they are, after all, the “Campeones”.
Fixture name & competition: Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid, La Liga
Date & Time: 22nd September, 12:30 am
Venue: Reale Arena, Donostia-San Sebastien
RS – DLDWD;
RM – WWWDL
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Over the last 5 fixtures, Real Sociedad have had the upper hand, winning 3 and Real Madrid winning 2.
Last meeting: Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid (La Liga, 22nd June 2020)
Live Streaming: Facebook Live Stream
Real Sociedad Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Both teams have long injury lists, with Real Sociedad being without Martin Zubimendi, Luca Sangalli, Martin Merquelanz and former Madrid player, Asier Illarramendi. Igor Zubeldia will also be unavailable due to a knee injury. Alex Sola is a long term absentee
Doubtful: Willian Jose remains doubtful after catching a virus.
Expected changes: Mikel Oyarzabal was surprising left on the bench for their 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid and should be back in the lineup. Manchester City legend, David Silva, could be in the lineup after signing for Sociedad. Nacho Monreal is also likely to return to his left-back position. So choose your RS vs RM Dream11 Team Prediction wisely.
RS Playing 11 (probable):
Alex Remiro (GK)
Real Madrid Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Real Madrid will be without Eden Hazard, Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Mariano Diaz. Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon have left the club to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Doubtful: Eder Militao is picked up a knock in Real Madrid’s pre-season clash and is unlikely to feature.
Expected changes: Luka Jovic and former Sociedad player, Martin Odegaard, are both back in training and up for contention. Eden Hazard and Isco are likely to be replaced by youngsters, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.
RM Playing 11 (probable):
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
Odds proposed by bookies heavily favour Real Madrid with 7/10 and as high as 7/2 for a Real Sociedad win. It is natural to expect that the Los Blancos will dominate the game given their superior squad quality and urge to defend their La Liga title. But the worst thing they could do is to underestimate Real Sociedad. In the last 6 games between the two sides, Sociedad have scored 13 goals which is about two goals a game and with players like Mikel Oyarzabal, David Silva, Roberto Lopez and Aleksander Isak, they do pose a threat. A threat that Imanol Alguacil’s side will capitalize on any sign of vulnerability and complacency that Real show. Dani Carvajal will need to contain Mikel Oyarzabal at the back whilst help out in the attack on that left-flank. The said, two out of three of Real Madrid’s forwards are 19 and 20 years old, and may find this game a bit of a challenge, and will look to make up for lack of experience with their footballing abilities. Down the middle, Madrid have a player who has heaps of both, in Karim Benzema who will be crucial to Zinedine Zidane’s plans. Check out our RS vs RM Dream11 Match Prediction
Karim Benzema – Post-Ronaldo life hasn’t been particularly kind to Real Madrid and through it all, there has been one shining light – Karim Benzema. The often-criticized Frenchman has stood tall while players around him have either left the club or sustained long-term injuries. His 27 goals and 11 assists last season powered Real to a La Liga title. Real had a poor 2018/19 season and yet, Benzema managed to score 30 goals, providing 11 assists. He will want to carry on that form from the word “go” this season as well.
Mikel Oyarzabal – Coming off the bench in the last 13 minutes against Real Valladolid, Oyarzabal had little impact on the game but will look to change all of that against Real Madrid. At the young age of 23, he has been consistently good for Sociedad season after season. He scored 12 goals, assisting 12 as well last season and has 85 goal contributions already for Sociedad.
Toni Kroos – The German has had a very successful time at the Spanish capital, to say the least, winning 3 Champions League titles and 2 La Liga titles. He has been part of a very formidable Real Madrid midfield alongside Luka Modric and Casemiro. With 68 assists for Real, he will look to improve upon that tally again this season, starting with Sociedad.
X-factors (differential picks)
Sergio Ramos – Being a centre-back does not stop Sergio Ramos from scoring tons of goals. He has scored 100 goals in his career, with 13 last season. To put that into perspective, there are plenty of attacking players who have not been able to touch that number. Often painted as a villain, Ramos is a favourite amongst the Real Madrid faithful winning 4 Champions Leagues, 5 La Ligas and 2 Copa Del Rays.
David Silva – After Martin Odegaard returned to Real Madrid after his loan spell, Sociedad were tasked with replacing him and they couldn’t have found a better player. The Manchester City midfielder has been a sensational player in the Premier League during his time there, after making the switch from the Spanish side, Valencia. He won several trophies in England and had a whopping 70 goals and 140 assists playing for Man City.
Rodrygo – The 19-year-old right-winger from Brazil has had a good start to life in Madrid. When players make the switch from the South American leagues to one of the biggest clubs in the world, they tend to falter. But Rodrygo has handled the pressure well, providing 12 goal contributions in 1696 minutes of football, averaging a goal contribution every 141 mins. Under the tutelage of footballing legend, Zinedine Zidane, he will look to break those numbers this season.