Zinedine Zidane’s charges begin their title defense against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening, looking to kick things off on a winning note.
Real Madrid won their first La Liga title in three years, finishing five points ahead of second-place Barcelona, whilst Sociedad secured a sixth-place finish giving them a place in the Europa League group stages.
Sociedad began their campaign last weekend with a 1-1 draw against Valladolid and will need a point at least to avoid languishing in the bottom half of the table so early on in the season.
What time does Sociedad vs Madrid start?
The game is set to kick off at 10 pm Kenyan time at the Estadio Anoeta.
Sociedad vs Madrid team news
Asier Illaramendi, Luca Sangalli and Martin Zubimendi remain sidelined for the home side, joining Willian Jose on the sidelines due to illness.
Mikel Oyarzabal could only make a cameo off the bench in the first league game and should be expected to start against the champions.
For the visitors, Karim Benzema will lead the attacking line, most likely alongside Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior as Eden Hazard remains sidelined with an injury.
The experience of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will definitely be the pair holding down the midfield.
Sociedad vs Madrid head to head
Surprisingly, Sociedad have won three of the last five matches between these two sides, the most recent being a thrilling 4-3 away victory in February 2020.
The last game pitting these two against each other in June, saw Real Madrid snatch a 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Benzema and Sergio Ramos.
Sociedad vs Madrid prediction
Judging from how difficult it has proven for Madrid to outshine the hosts in the recent past, this game has the potential to be an entertaining one.
No doubt both teams will score but the most likely outcome is a draw.