Sunday 21st August. 7:15PM.
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The new Liga season starts in Spain this weekend, and one of the most intriguing battles of the opening set of fixtures sees Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid take on Real Sociedad.
While the visitors will be in the running to take the crown from Barcelona, the hosts could well find themselves in the hunt for European qualification if they perform to their potential over the next nine months.
With new money entering the league, the Liga could be about to become stronger than ever. And, with Bet365 live streaming, you can watch and bet on all the action, including this Sunday evening showdown.
Pressure Off For Txuriurdin
After a turbulent 2015-16, Real Sociedad will be eager to enjoy a more comfortable campaign this term. However, they won’t be expected to cause an upset in this Liga opener.
Sociedad have lost each of the last three head-to-head encounters, and Eusebio Sacristan’s men will be void of any pressure here. But with the likes of Carlos Vela and Willian Jose in attack, the home fans can at least dream of an opening weekend shock.
The only thing that can really harm the hosts is a big loss. However, the threat of Madrid absences and a slightly slower pace due to it being the opening week should stop them from suffering that fate. And the longer they’re still in the fight, the more belief they’ll grow.
Like Zidane, this is Sacristan’s first full campaign in his current role. Beating the mighty Real Madrid would be the perfect way to start it. It might not seem likely, but stranger things have happened.
Can Real Madrid To Fire Signal Of Intent?
They may have clinched a second Champions League trophy in three years by beating Atletico at the San Siro in May, but a run of four years without a Liga title isn’t good enough for a club of Real Madrid’s stature. Zidane will be desperate to end that run in his first full season in charge, and a win at Anoeta would fire an early warning shot to their rivals.
The Blancos may have to do it without star man Cristiano Ronaldo, who faces a race against time to be ready. Given Zidane’s comments earlier this month, it appears that the trip to Sociedad could come a little too early. But they still have plenty of firepower.
Buying back Alvaro Morata from Juventus will bolster the attacking unit, which already boasted Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez. Meanwhile, the defensive unit has looked a lot stronger since Zidane’s arrival, which will give them a lot of confidence in this Liga opener.
It’s not the easiest of opening fixtures, especially if Ronaldo misses out, but the Blancos will be expected to win. It should be a fascinating watch regardless, and you can watch it all on Bet365’s live console.
Real Sociedad V Real Madrid Betting
Even with the potential absence of their star man, it’s Real Madrid who are the pre-game favourites with Bet365 at odds of ¾. Real Sociedad, meanwhile, can be backed at 7/2. Alternatively, the draw is available at 11/4.
With it being the opening weekend, both teams may take a little time to work each other out. Meanwhile, the potential absence of Ronaldo could have an impact in the early exchanges.
Nevertheless, the Blancos will be fully expected to win. Once they find the breakthrough, things could open up for the visitors to pounce, which is why we think there’ll have more joy as the game goes on. We’re backing the bulk of their goals to come after the interval.
If Ronaldo does miss out through injury, it will be up to some of the supporting cast to step up. In last year’s meeting it was Bale who answered the call with a late winner against a spirited Sociedad. We wouldn’t be too surprised if lightning strikes for a second time on Sunday.
Regardless of how the action develops, the Welsh wizard will be one of the most likely sources of magic. At odds of 5/4, we’re predicting he’ll score.