The race for the title in the European leagues that have just started back are going to be a test of stamina, just as much as they are a test of skill. The goal is to get this season done while still allowing teams plenty of time to prepare for next season. That means that we are seeing games every single day, with teams forced to play every few days in order to wrap things up in a timely manner. The bog concern is that there are going to be injuries, which is what we saw in the Arsenal versus Manchester City game yesterday afternoon. Let’s take a closer look at each team and how they arrive to this affair so you can plan ahead your bets against their LaLiga odds.
Real Madrid Vs Real Sociedad Game Info
It’s tough to return from a layoff and get up to speed immediately, but that is what is going to need to happen. Real Madrid will have had the benefit of playing their first 2 games back at home, but after their Thursday game against Valencia, they will be on the road to face a Real Sociedad team that always seems to give them trouble. Madrid are in as rather mild road favorites and are favored by ½. The goal total for this one is set at 3.
Why bet on Real Sociedad
The result here could have an impact on the title race, but that is not what Real Sociedad are concerned about at the moment. They come into this game looking to move up and into one of the 4 available Champions League spots. As it stands at the moment, they are down in 5th, which would be good enough to secure them a place in the Europa League, but we all know that is the UCL that is the big draw. The good news is that they are just 2 points back of Atletico Madrid for the final UCL place, plus they have a game in hand, which means very little if you don’t get anything out of it. Sociedad are coming off a 0-0 tie at home to Celta Vigo, taking their home record to 8-3-3. They have scored 28 and surrendered 13 in those games.
Why bet on Real Madrid
Madrid returned to action in rather strange fashion in that their opening game was played at their training ground. That will be the case for all of their remaining home games, with the main stadium currently undergoing renovations. It was a winning return, but a 3-1 win over Eibar seemed to pose more questions about the strength of this team. Madrid cruised to a 3-0 lead in the first half before walking through the rest of the game. They will argue that they were conserving energy to face the rest of the condenses schedule. Madrid have the best road record in La Liga, going 7-4-3 in 14 games, while scoring 22 goals and surrendering just 10.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The one thing that we have come to expect when these two go head to head is a ton of goals. The last 3 meetings, which includes a pair of games this season, have produced a total of 15 goals, which makes the OVER look like a very good bet.
Pick: Real Sociedad 2 Real Madrid 3