Finishing on the second place is hardly an achievement for Real Madrid, a team that missed all its objectives for this season. They will travel to Real Sociedad on the back of a frustrating defeat in the final of Copa del Rey, to face a highly motivated team playing for a place in the Champions League.
Bet: Real Sociedad Asian Handicap 0:0
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.90
Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and the fans are not going to miss him too much, after he failed to win any trophy this year. His team came painfully close to winning Cop del Rey, was just one goal away from qualifying for the Champions League final and finished more than 10 points behind Barcelona. Regardless of what happens at San Sebastian, they will finish on the second place and there is no motivation for the players who will feature in the starting formation.
Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and Fabio Coentrao are not fit to play and will join Raphael Varane on the bench, leaving plenty of gaps in the defense. On the bright side, Cristiano Ronaldo will feature upfront despite conceding a red card in the Copa del Rey final as his suspension only applies to cup games. The hosts will miss Carlos Vela, as their prolific striker accumulated 10 yellow cards this season, but they will have Agirretxe in the offense. Starting with a single forward against Real Madrid doesn’t mean that the hosts will try to defend for 90 minutes, as a draw would do them no good.
Real Sociedad is tied with Valencia for the fourth place and it’s only their head to head record that keeps them ahead. With their rivals being huge favorites to win at home against Granada, the hosts desperately need to win against Real Madrid and this is the result they’ll be aiming. An Asian handicap bet with Pinnacle Sports is the best choice as the stakes will be returned in case of a draw.