Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid: Preview and TV schedule

Juan Manuel Serrano Arce

Can La Real get another home victory over a title contender?

Real Sociedad will look to continue their excellent home form by claiming another victory over another title contender on Saturday as Real Madrid visits the Anoeta Stadium.

Real Madrid have managed to got from league leaders to third place in less than a month, but despite that slip they're still not out of the title race. The real question surrounding Los Blancos though is whether or not they really care. All season Madrid have looked like world beaters in one match, only to find ways to massively underachieve in others. The injuries are starting to pile up for Carlo Ancelotti as he'll likely be forced to rest Cristiano Ronaldo after the striker suffered a minor knee injury against Dortmund.

La Real are close to fourth place, six points back of Athletic Bilbao. It's not an impossible gap for them to overturn but they're going to need to finish strong and get some help as well. Typically you expect to lose to the likes of Real Madrid, even at home, but given their success against Barcelona a few weeks ago, Jagoba Arrasate's team have no reason not to like their chances.

Real Sociedad injuries and suspensions

Out: Esteban Granero (knee)

Real Madrid injuries and suspensions

Out: Cristiano Ronaldo (knee), Marcelo (hamstring), Sami Khedira (knee).

While Ronaldo's knee injury is not serious, he's expected to get a rest on Saturday with Madrid in the middle of a busy schedule. Marcelo is going to be sidelined for a few weeks with his hamstring injury.

Projected lineups

Real Sociedad: Claudio Bravo, José Ángel, Iñigo Martinez, Ion Ansotegi, Carlos Martiínez, Rubén Pardo, Markel Bergara, Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Canales, Carlos Vela, Hans Seferović.

Real Madrid: Diego López, Fabio Coentrão, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Dani Carvajal, Xavi Alonso, Isco, Luka Modrić, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Ángel di María.

Match Date/Time: 8 p.m. local, 2 p.m. ET

Venue: Anota Stadium, San Sebastián, Spain

TV: beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Español (U.S.), Sky Sports 3 (U.K.)

Online: beIN Sports Play (U.S.), beIN Sports Play (Canada)

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