Spanish Copa del Rey Quarter-Finals - Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad taking place? Thursday, February 6th (18:00 UK / 19:00 CET)

Where is Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad taking place? Santiago Bernabeu

What television channel is Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad on? Real Madrid v Real Sociedad will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad? Real Madrid v Real Sociedad will be streamed live in the UK on Betfair

Where can I get tickets for Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad? Ticket information for this game can be found here!

THE TEAM NEWS

REAL MADRID

  • Real Madrid face off against Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu in fine form as they ride a 21-match unbeaten streak at present and they have comfortably dispatched lower-division opponents in the previous two rounds to reach this stage.
  • Zinedine Zidane will be without Hazard and Asensio as has been the case for some time now but he must also do without regular right-back Dani Carvajal and defensive midfielder Casemiro which means Eder Militao and Valverde are likely to replace the absent duo.
  • From the team that beat city rivals Atletico at the weekend, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Junior, Areola and Marcelo could all rotate into the side while it would be no surprise to see Jovic come in ahead of Benzema if Zidane rests the Frenchman.

REAL SOCIEDAD

  • Real Sociedad have eased through four rounds in the Copa del Rey to reach the quarter-finals as they hammered lowly Becerril Campos and Ceuta, followed by comfortable home wins against Espanyol and Osasuna.
  • They come into this match after a poor loss at Leganes at the weekend which has put a dent in their aspirations of challenging for the top four places in the league but they can now focus on upsetting Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.
  • Diego Llorente, Zurutuza and Illarramendi remain out injured but boss Imanol Alguacil should bring Willian Jose, Odegaard and Mikel Oyarzabal back into this attack after leaving the talented trio on the bench at the weekend.

THE PREDICTION

Real Madrid are in outstanding form right now and they look motivated to lead the charge in all fronts including the Copa del Rey. Zinedine Zidane is expected to rotate his squad but he has them all motivated and even their fringe players are contributing right now. Real Sociedad will be determined to upset the hosts and they are capable on their day. Preparations were not ideal as they went down to Leganes at the weekend but they will start with their strongest team here. That however may not be enough even against a rotated Real team and though they are capable of getting on the scoresheet, Zidane’s men should eliminate them here.

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