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Real Sociedad v Real Madrid live & preview La Liga 2015-16

Real Sociedad v Real Madrid live & preview La Liga 2015-16 Photo: TT

On Saturday, April 30, Real Soceidad de Futbol hosts Real Madrid CF in a Spanish Prmiera Division week 36 fixture. The game will be played at the Estadio Municipal de Anoeta in the city of Donostia, San-Sebastien and will kick off at 15:00 BST.

The home side is currently 11th on the league table with 42 points from 35 games, while the visitors are in 3rd position, with 81 points from 35 games.

A win for the mid table team can see them rise to 8th place on the table, while a defeat can see them end the weekend in 13th place. A win for the Madrid giants can take them to the summit of the league table, while a defeat can leave them no lower than their current position.

Real Soceidad poor record against Real MadridReal Soceidad, who have such a fantastic recent record against Barcelona, tend to struggle against Real Madrid and have won only 1 of their last 7 meetings, and 9 in their 40 meetings in total. With nothing left to play for this season, motivation might be a key issue for them in this game.

The Royals, managed by Eusebio Sacristan, are in decent form, with two wins, one draw and two defeats in their last five games in all competitions. These wins were in consecutive games against Sevilla (1-2 on April 3), and Barcelona (1-0 on April 9).

The underdogs could only manage a draw in their last outing against Villarreal (0-0 on April 24), but suffered recent defeat at the hands of Eibar (2-1 on April 16), and Getafe (1-2 on April 21).

Real Madrid no margin for errorReal Madrid have in recent weeks resurrected what looked like a dead title challenge, but will know that with three games to go, there is no margin for error. The Madrid giants currently lie 1 point behind both Athletico Madrid and Barcelona and will be aiming to capitalize on any slip ups by their rivals.

Los Blancos, managed by Zinedane Zidane are in excellent form, with four wins and one draw in their last five games in all competitions. These wins were in league games against Getafe (1-5 on April 16), Villarreal (3-0 on April 20), and Rayo Vallecano (2-3 on April 23). They also defeated Wolfsburg in the Champions League (3-0 on April 12).

The only game which the title challengers have failed to win recently was the draw against Manchester City in their Champions League semifinal first leg game (0-0 on April 26).

Real Soceidad are up against the most potent attack in the league, and they will need goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to be at the very top of his game if they are to get a positive result from this game. With Cristiano Ronaldo a doubt for this game, the other big name Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will have to deliver the goods in this encounter.

Real Soceidad have nothing left to play for this season, and they are up against a team with a higher caliber of players. Real Madrid to win this game.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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