Real Madrid has continued to find a way, and the decimated club will try to stay in the mix for another La Liga title when it hosts Real Sociedad on Monday at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. Madrid, a record 34-time La Liga champion, is in second position in the table, just three points behind Atletico Madrid. Los Blancos come in off a key 1-0 road win in the first leg of their Champions League meeting with Atalanta. Sociedad sits in fifth and played to a 0-0 draw with Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday but was eliminated 4-0 on aggregate.
Kickoff from Madrid is set for 3 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook's latest Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid odds list Real Madrid as the 0.5-goal and +110 money-line favorite, while the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad picks, check out the La Liga predictions from soccer insider Roger Gonzalez.
Gonzalez grew up playing competitive soccer before becoming one of the world's foremost soccer journalists. After covering soccer all over the globe -- a Champions League final in Italy, Copa America, and professional leagues in Argentina -- Gonzalez returned to the U.S. as CBS Sports' top soccer expert. He has his finger on the pulse of La Liga teams.
Now, Gonzalez has broken down Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid from every angle. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several odds and trends for Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad:
- Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid spread: Real Madrid -0.5
- Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid over-under: 2.5 goals
- Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid money line: Real Madrid +110, Real Sociedad +260, Draw +240
- SOC: Alexander Isak has nine goals and an assist in his last six league matches.
- MAD: Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois allows 0.79 goals per 90 minutes, ranking third in La Liga.
Why you should back Real Madrid
Madrid has battled through injuries and is likely to be missing top scorer Karim Benzema, but the powerful midfield is unscathed. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are among the best midfield duos in Europe, and the pair have had a hand in 13 goals this season. Kroos has a team-high six assists and Modric has scored three times and is one of the game's most creative passers.
Madrid's center-back duo of Raphael Varane and Nacho Fernandez has been in top form and should be able to clamp down on Alexander Isak. Los Blancos have held foes scoreless in six of their last 11, and Kroos and Modric also are tenacious defenders. Casemiro is a physical presence and has five goals, and he will be relied on to provide scoring without Benzema (12 goals).
Why you should back Real Sociedad
La Reales have hung tough with Real Madrid in recent meetings, splitting the last five matches 2-1-2. They also are much fitter, coming in with no major injury concerns, and can score a lot of goals. Real Sociedad has the fourth-most goals in league play (41) and is third in goal differential (plus-21). That includes nine scored in its past three La Liga matches, all victories.
Striker Alexander Isak has had among the best form in Europe over the past several weeks and has 12 goals in 20 matches. The 21-year-old has become a major transfer target, and he netted a hat trick in his last La Liga outing, a 4-0 win against Alaves last Sunday. Mikel Oyarzabal has netted 10 and will be eager to atone for a missed penalty against Manchester United on Thursday.
How to make La Liga picks for Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad
Gonzalez has analyzed Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid from every possible angle and he's revealed his two best bets. He's only sharing them here.
So who wins Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the top Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad picks, all from the European soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of La Liga.