• Real Sociedad have lost seven and drawn one of their eight meetings with Real Madrid since returning to La Liga in 2010.
  • Indeed the Whites are unbeaten in seven league trips to the Anoeta (W5 D2).
  • Real Madrid have averaged 4.2 goals per game over their last five league clashes with Sociedad.
  • Real Sociedad’s last home win over the side from Madrid came back in 2004, with Valery Karpin grabbing the only goal of the game.
  • Real Sociedad have not lost their opening two games in La Liga since 2001/02, when they finished the campaign in 13th.
  • Only nine of Karim Benzema’s 73 league goals for Real Madrid have been headers (12.3%).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has netted seven times in his last three meetings with Real Sociedad.
  • Xabi Prieto has scored six of his side’s last eight goals against the Whites, including a hat-trick at the Bernabeu in 2013.
  • Indeed the Real Sociedad captain remains the last player to score a league hat-trick against Iker Casillas.
  • Asier Illarramendi has only scored twice in 82 previous La Liga appearances, but one of those came on his return to the home of former side Real Sociedad in this fixture last term.