Should You Consider the Asian Handicap Market for Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad?


Should You Consider the Asian Handicap Market for Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad?

Having lifted the Champions League trophy in the 2015/16 season and finished a solitary point behind La Liga champions Barcelona, the expectation will be at an all-time high for this history-making Real Madrid outfit.

They face a tricky assignment first up in Spanish football’s top flight on Sunday when they travel to a Real Sociedad side for whom over-achievement remains the watch word. The Royals can also call upon a rather handy home record against the Galácticos, so this clash is shaping up to be a rather intriguing battle.

Reconsider Betting Against Real Sociedad at Home

Sociedad once again exceeded expectations last term; despite losing more matches than they won, they still managed to secure a coveted top half finish. Bizarrely, they were better away from home than they were on their own patch; at their Anoeta Stadium home they lost as many games as they won (seven), with a goal difference of just +2.

Real Madrid’s achievements in 2015/16 require little introduction of course, but drilling a bit deeper into life on the road for Zinedine Zidane’s side, note that they scored at a rate of 2.11 goals per away game and conceded just 0.95, collecting 41 points from a possible 57 in the process.

Their away points tally almost doubled that of Sociedad’s at home and so any doubts about their aptitude for away days can be all but forgotten. Historically, Sociedad have a respectable record against their more illustrious opponents, winning 22% of their clashes (9 of 41), which given the Madrid side’s dominance of most in Spain is commendable.

But what is more interesting to smart punters is what has been the norm in recent times: Los Blancos have triumphed in 15 of their last 19 dates. These haven’t just been any old wins either, with scorelines of 4-1, 3-1, 4-0 and 5-1 all recorded in the last three seasons.

But – and here is the pertinent piece for bettors to take away – Sociedad’s record at home against the Galácticos isn’t bad at all. A 0-4 anomaly aside, their last four encounters at the Anoeta have yielded two 0-1 wins for Madrid, a 3-3 draw and a 4-2 victory for the underdogs. Write them off at your peril.

What Players are Worth Noting with Ronaldo Out?

With Cristiano Ronaldo out, it's important you know which players are worth noting when the two squads step on the pitch. The Royals’ chief tormentor last season, Ronaldo looks set to miss this game as he continues to recover from the knee injury he suffered in the Euro 2016 final. The Portuguese ace scored twice and missed a penalty in his side’s 3-1 win over Sociedad last season.

And while the early form of Marco Asensio, who netted in Real’s 2-0 Super Cup win over Sevilla, will dampen Galáctico concerns, it is fair to say that Eusebio Sacristan and his men will be breathing a sigh of deep relief at CR7’s absence. It has been a remarkably quiet transfer window by Real Madrid’s standards, coincidentally:

Perhaps Florentino Perez is finally happy with his squad after Champions League glory last season? Either way, Alvaro Morata has returned to the Bernabeu after an Italian sojourn with Juventus, with the only major outgoing being Jesé Rodriguez, who has said au revoir as he joins the Parisian revolution at PSG.

A net transfer spend of £3 million for the Galácticos? They must be very confident in the personnel at their disposal. Sociedad have opted for consolidation, rather than splashing the cash this summer, with Geronimo Rulli, Willian Jose and Juanmi coming into the squad to replace the departed Alfred Finnbogason and Jonathas.

Perhaps most crucially, they have been able to hang on to last season’s key performers such as Inigo Martinez, Asier Illarramendi and Carlos Vela, who were all being watched by the eagle-eyed scouts of more prestigious outfits. That trio will feel like new signings as a result.

Is It Worth Considering the Asian Handicap Market?

Many punters will plump straight away for the 5/7 offered for a Real Madrid victory and, while that appears to be good value at first glance, a reminder of their largely indifferent return form at the Anoeta Stadium is timely. So is there a more lucrative market to consider other than the outright?

Those with a nose for value will require little persuasion in the logic behind a +1 Asian Handicap wager in Sociedad’s favour; a market that would have yielded a return in seven of the last ten encounters between these two sides. At 10/11 with NetBet, it looks a fantastic investment.

For all the latest football betting odds, visit NetBet's world-class online bookmaker today and enjoy a Welcome Bonus all new players are sure to love!

Recommended Betting Sites

*T&C's apply to each offer, click Bet Now for more details

Betting Strategy Articles

Why Experts are Backing the Favourites at PGA Championship
Why Experts are Backing the Favourites at PGA Championship

The PGA Open Championship 2017 tees off from Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, with several strong players in contention for the title. McIlroy and Speith are both eyeing history, but is ... Read More

Start of the Premier League Outright Odds and Betting Tips
Start of the Premier League Outright Odds and Betting Tips

With the 2017/2018 Premier League season set to be another roller coaster of emotions for everyone involved, thoughts are now turning to the players that could thrive in the coming months. As ever, th ... Read More

Expert Betting Tips for the UEFA Women's EURO Finals 2017
Expert Betting Tips for the UEFA Women's EURO Finals 2017

It’s been a record-breaking summer of betting on women’s sport around the world with the Cricket World Cup, Wimbledon and the UEFA Women’s Championship. Sunday’s final is sure to prove another popular ... Read More

Why Experts Suggest Backing Experience in The Open 2017
Why Experts Suggest Backing Experience in The Open 2017

One of the highlights of the summer sports betting calendar is golf's Open Championship, and this year's crop of budding youngsters and wily veterans are ready to make some highlights of their own. Fo ... Read More

Expect Surprises Betting the Wimbledon Final 2017
Expect Surprises Betting the Wimbledon Final 2017

If there’s been one major surprise from Wimbledon this year, it’s that it’s been full of surprises and bookmakers aren't expecting anything less in the Men's and Women's Finals. Punters looking to bet ... Read More

Why Punters Should Not Back Hamilton at British Grand Prix
Why Punters Should Not Back Hamilton at British Grand Prix

The 2017 British Grand Prix is revving up its engine ready for the off on July 16, but will Lewis Hamilton be able to snatch a vital win on home tarmac despite his recent form? For those interested in ... Read More

Betting Navigation


Sign up for the free Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting Strategy


Country Guide