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Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Grey Whitebloom
Real Madrid defeated Real Sociedad during a ten-game winning run in December
Real Madrid defeated Real Sociedad during a ten-game winning run in December / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages
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Table-topping Real Madrid host Champions League-chasing Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday night.

Consecutive victories and clean sheets have temporarily quelled some of the dissenting voices that were beginning to pipe up after Real Madrid's lacklustre league form was compounded by a Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Sociedad earned a second consecutive victory in midweek but did lose the Basque derby 4-0 and were dumped out of Europe at the end of February.

Here's all you need to know about the royal meeting between the pair of Reals.


How to watch Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 5 March, 20:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Santiago Bernabeu
TV channel/live stream? LaLigaTV (UK), ESPN+ (US), TSN (Canada)
Highlights? La Liga YouTube
Referee? Jesus Gil Manzalo
VAR? TBC


Real Madrid team news

David Alaba was left out of Real's derby against Rayo Vallecano as a precaution for a mild hamstring concern. With the second leg against PSG fast approaching, Carlo Ancelotti may not risk aggravating his injury this weekend.

Gareth Bale has suffered the latest in an endless sequence of niggling concerns as he sat out the weekend win with physical discomfort, while Toni Kroos will undergo MRI scans on a hamstring problem on Friday.


Real Sociedad team news

Imanol Alguacil has been forced to juggle a spate of injuries over La Real's recent sticky patch. Both Diego Rico and Ander Barrenetxea have been suffering from hamstring issues and aren't expected to return until later this month.

Former Manchester United man Adnan Januzaj has been out since the middle of February with a muscle injury. Paris Saint-Germain loanee Rafinha is also suffering from a similar concern.


Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad head-to-head record

As recently as 2018/19 Real Sociedad completed the double over Real Madrid, defeating Los Blancos home and away by two-goal margins on both occasions.

However, La Real can only boast one more win alongside that pair of victories in their last 29 league meetings with Madrid, losing 21 and drawing five.

Madrid may have triumphed in ten of the last 11 league matches against the Basque outfit at the Santiago Bernabeu. But Real Sociedad claimed a memorable 4-3 victory on their most recent visit to the iconic stadium in the quarter-finals of the 2020 Copa del Rey.


Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad score prediction

Real Madrid were at the peak of their powers when they last faced La Real, earning a 2-0 win without conceding a shot on target during a glut of ten consecutive victories.

Ancelotti's side may have fallen from that zenith since but have built their title tilt based on beating the teams in the top half of the table.

Real Sociedad won their first league game away from home since the start of November on Wednesday night but aren't likely to record a consecutive victory at the Bernabeu.

Prediction: Real Madrid 1-0 Real Sociedad

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