Real Sociedad To Battle Atletico Madrid in Return Fixture

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Both sides will be keen to take the points, as Real welcome Atletico Madrid to the Reale Arena in the return fixture.

With Atletico Madrid effectively crowned as Champions going into this game, Real Sociedad know they face a formidable task at home.

Real Sociedad’s LaLiga season, has so far seen them gain 62 points, going into this game

Only a positive result will be acceptable for Imanol Alguacil’s men, following their recent away defeat at the hands of Villarreal in their last match.

Also, Real keep finding ways to win, having secured eight victories in their last 15 matches is astonishing this season. With 62 points (17W, 9L and 11D), they are established in sixth position in the League having won 17 games, drawn 11 meetings, and lost nine fixtures.

When Real host Atleti, they will do so on the back of 10 victories, five draws, and three losses on their own ground.

Real Sociedad will have 65 points if they manage to secure a victory.

A solid defensive team

Defence begins with attack and Real have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding 35 goals in their previous fixtures. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this LaLiga season. Real have scored an impressive 39 goals so far this season (34 from open play and five penalties), however their performances have at times been average. This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Alexander Sorloth (3), Martin Zubimendi (2), and Mikel Oyarzabal (2).

Real’s squad will likely be depleted of five of their key players when they start on Sunday, due to injury or illness.

Atletico Madrid arrive at this game, having secured 68 points so far this season

Atleti drew 1-1 when they visited Seville, their disappointment was further deepened, having previously drawn against Elche, they must now try and get a positive result from this fixture.

Also, Atleti keep finding ways to win, having secured 12 victories in their last 19 matches is astonishing this season and they are looking worthy of the aspiration to qualify for Champion’s League football. Their position is third in the League and they have 68 points, that is, 20W, 9L and 8D having won 20 games, drawn eight meetings, and lost nine fixtures.

Atleti’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Real. In the 18 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won eight games, drawn three fixtures, and lost seven matches.

Atletico Madrid will have secured 71 points so far this season, should they secure a win.

Good Attacking Performance

They have a good scoring rate of 63 goals (60 from open play and three penalties). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Joao Felix (6), Luis Suarez (4), and Angel Correa (4). Atleti have conceded 42 goals.

Diego Simeone will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of two of his Atleti players.

Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels the two teams have previously played each other 49 times with the tally being 22 wins and nine draws for Real. In addition, Real have won all ten of the previous 19 meetings played against Atleti. The last time they played each other in this competition was January 2022, when The White and Blues walked away as 2-0 winners.

Performance Report

For Real, Alexander Sorloth has nettedthree goals in 37 League matches this season, while Joao Felix contributed withsix goals in 37 League fixtures so far for Atleti.

Other standout players for Real are Alexander Sorloth and Martin Zubimendi with three goals each and for Atleti are Joao Felix and Luis Suarez with six goals both.