Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad predicted lineups: Unbeaten teams meet at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid and Real Sociedad meet this Sunday in the Spanish capital. It’s a meeting of two teams who finished in the top four last season. Kick-off is 21:00 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu which means it’ll start at 20:00 in the UK.

Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad predicted lineups and news

Los Blancos are currently sitting pretty on top of La Liga with the division’s only 100% record. However they may well have slipped to 2nd by the time this kicks off with Barcelona in action earlier in the weekend. It’s just their second home game of the season at the newly renovated Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Sociedad are also unbeaten but have drawn three of their four matches to date. As a result, they are 8th on 6 points heading into this matchday and they’ll have aspirations of finishing in the Champions League places again.

Team news: Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s 100% record remains only thanks to Jude Bellingham. He scored a late winner against Celta Vigo on matchday 3 and then popped up in the 95th minute to settle the home match against Getafe just prior to the international break.

Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring a goal during the LaLiga EA Sports 2023/24 match between Real Madrid and Getafe at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. (Photo by Guillermo Martinez / SOPA Images/Sipa USA) – Photo by Icon sport

Bellingham is very much the man of the moment in Madrid having scored in every match so far for his new club. He should start again here but the home team are still missing Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao to long-term injuries while Vini Junior and Arda Guler will also sit this one.

The fitness of Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy will be monitored prior to kick-off with both carrying knocks although neither are guaranteed starters by any means even if fit.

Real Madrid predicted lineup

Kepa, Fran Garcia, Alaba, Rudiger, Carvajal, Tchouameni, Camavinga, Kroos, Bellingham, Joselu, Rodrygo

Team news: Real Sociedad

La Real struggled to impose themselves on their opening three matches with some pretty underwhelming displays in draws against Girona, Celta Vigo and Las Palmas.

That resulted in a slightly different approach last time out as Imanol changed the system allowing Mikel Oyarzabal to operate as a false nine with misfiring strikers Carlos Fernandez and Umar Sadiq left on the bench. He also handed a debut to new loan signing Kieran Tierney.

Kieran Tierney in the LaLiga EA Sports match between Real Sociedad and Granada. – Photo by Icon sport

They produced by far their best attacking performance of the season with a 5-3 win over Granada. We may see a similar approach here, although it’s likely to be slightly more conservative given the quality of the opposition.

The visitors are missing summer arrival Andre Silva to injury once more while Aritz Elustondo is a doubt.

Real Sociedad predicted lineup

Remiro, Tierney, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Traore, Zubimendi, Merino, Brais Mendez, Barrenetxea, Oyarzabal, Kubo

Will Fede Valverde play?

Real Madrid’s South American international contingent is slightly smaller than normal given the injuries to Vini and Militao. However midfielder Fede Valverde did play 180 minutes for Uruguay during the international break and has travelled back from Tuesday’s defeat at altitude in Quito.

With Real Madrid in Champions League action this coming Wednesday, he’s a strong candidate to be rotated with Toni Kroos, who has retired from international football, likely to play instead.

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