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5/22/2013 10:43:00 AM
The tilt between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid features on the weekend soccer betting menu, a clash that is underscored by the Txuri-udin’s desperate race for a fourth place finish in La Liga.
Tips – Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid
Join us as we breakdown this clash and deliver
soccer free picks.
battle for fourth is on-going
Valencia applied the pressure on Real
Sociedad with a win over Getafe early on Saturday but the Txuri-udin responded
at the time of asking with a 2-1 win over Seville on the road to maintain their
slim hold on fourth place in La Liga.
Real Sociedad were rather lucky to win over
Getafe however as Ivan Rakitic headed a Real Sociedad free kick into his own
goal, six minutes after he’d put his side (Seville) up a goal. Grateful, Real
Sociedad then took the lead in the 24th minute and went on to hold
that lead to the end. Phew!
Going into the weekend, Real Sociedad is faced
with a much tougher task when they take on the illustrious Real Madrid. Or so
it would seem on paper: Real Madrid is second in the table with a 25-6-5 record
and 81 points. Crucially, where this matchup is concerned, Real Madrid has won
the last seven fixtures over Real Sociedad, including the reverse fixture
earlier this season, 4-3 at the Bernabéu. Overall, the Madrilenos own a
lopsided 18-8-8 record over Real Sociedad.
Paper notwithstanding, Real Madrid is in
the midst of an existential crisis right now. Everything has gone horribly
wrong for the club and, more specifically, for the Special One whose back the
club can’t wait to see.
Given the inner turmoil in the nation’s
capital and what’s at stake for Real Sociedad here, the bookies are tipping
their fast-approaching date rather close. Real Sociedad is listed at +140 while
Real Madrid is tipped slightly larger at +180 betting odds at William Hill. The
draw is priced at +240.
Madrid upset at Copa Del Rey
Real Madrid is flush off a huge upset at the
weekend when Atletico Madrid scored in extra-time to defeat Los Merengues 2-1
and lift the Copa Del Ray.
What should have been Real Madrid’s
crowning moment (or so many thought) on the season, the only chance for
silverware, ended in the worst way possible with tempers flaring, Jose Mourinho
being sent off in the 75th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo being sent off
in the second extra time and Atletico scoring in extra time to defeat their
cross-city rivals for the first time since 1999.
Former President, Ramon Calderon, recently
blasted Jose Mourinho in the press, calling him a failure and encapsulating his
tenure as one of the worst records of any Real Madrid manager who has had three
years or more.
So, with Real Madrid left reeling so and
the Special One on his way out of the club, what can fans expect in this
weekend’s fixture that – let’s face it – has no bearing on Real’s season, save
perhaps to save face after the Copa Del Rey debacle? Not much, probably.
Soccer Betting Verdict: Real Sociedad has a
rare chance to score a victory over Real Madrid, and a much-needed victory at
that. On paper, Real Madrid looks to be the smart play but now, at this late
stage of the season, it’s no longer so much about the Xs and Os rather the
intangibles. The disaster that was Copa Del Rey, the disappointing season
overall and the ignominious ending to Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Real, it’s hard
to see how Los Merengues can muster up any enthusiasm for a fixture that is no
significance for them.
Free Picks: Real Sociedad to win at +140 at William Hill.