Real Madrid v Real Sociedad Sat 19:00
Recent stutters against Malaga and Villarreal appear to have taken their toll on the whole Real Madrid outfit after the club refused to talk to the press this week ahead of their match against Real Sociedad, although at very short odds on offer with Stan James they are still the side to beat.
Just under a week ago, Real held a 10-point gap over nearest competition Barcelona but that gap has been reduced to just six points following two consecutive draws for Los Blancos.
The media silence is reported as being in response to what the club claims have been poor refereeing decisions in recent matches.
The self-imposed ban also mean that the Madrid outfit will not be holding a pre-match press conference before this weekend’s fixture as they look to get their bid for the La Liga title back on track.
Villarreal managed to hold their opponents to a 1-1 draw when Jose Mourinho’s side made the trip to El Madrigal, in a match that saw Pepe receive a two-match ban after the final whistle for comments made to the referee.
Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil were also handed red cards in the dying minutes of the encounter, but Ramos will be free to play again this weekend after having one of his yellow cards rescinded by the Spanish Football Federation’s competition committee.
In a heated encounter, Real Madrid assistant coach Rui Faria was also given a two-match suspension after being sent to the stands from the dugout in what was his fourth sending off of the season.
Sociedad will undoubtedly be more than happy to heap yet more misery upon the league leaders as they hope to make their own push for a mid-table finish.
Erreala currently sit in 14th spot and while it is mathematically possible for Phillipe Montanier’s side to make the jump up to 11th position, it would require several other results to go in their favour as well as a flood of goals against Real which is highly unlikely.
Jose Mourinho’s team are the best Primera Division side in terms of away form and have scored an average of 2.50 goals per game when playing on unfamiliar soil this campaign.
While this task will surely prove a near insurmountable one for Real Sociedad, the internal woes surrounding Real may prove more telling than thought at first and the table toppers may yet falter under all the pressure that comes with the responsibility of chasing a league title.