If there is a time of the year when it makes sense to back Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu then it has to be now when Real Madrid is virtually defenseless. All four veterans that usually make up the backline are either injured or suspended and Mourinho has to replace them all on a very short notice.

Match: Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad

Bet: Real Sociedad +2 goals

Odds: Pinnacle 1.96

Everything happened very quickly for Real who lost Marcelo and Fabio Contrau to injuries and now has to deal with Pepe and Sergio Ramos’ two-game suspension. These four players have a combined 45 matches this season, compared to the new defensive players’ 25 appearances. Varane, Albiol, Nacho and Arbeloa are expected to play defensively tonight, but it wouldn’t be surprising for Mourinho to give Ricardo Carvalho a chance.

His countrymen has lost his spot in the rotation and the 34-years-old didn’t play a single game this season, which makes him more of a liability than an asset. Having said this, Real Madrid still has a formidable offensive and a great midfield, and should weather the storm. Another advantage they have over their opponents is the head-to-head record, as the hosts have won 10 out of the 16 fixtures and only lost twice.

BetPal Tip:

You need to be extremely confident in the visitors ability to speculate Real Madrid’s defensive issues to back them for a straight victory. Fortunately, punters don’t have to take these kind of chances because Pinnacle Sports has an equally tempting proposition for those who trust Real Sociedad but are seeking a safety net. Back the visitors with a cover of a +2 goals at odds of 1.96, because the Asian handicap will see your stakes returned in the unlikely event that Real Madrid wins by exactly 2 goals.