Will Real Sociedad’s remarkable winning streak continue?
Last Saturday night, goals from Alexander Sørloth, Takefusa Kubo and Mikel Oyarzabal saw la Real beat Athletic Club 3-1 in the Basque derby at Anoeta.
Then, on Tuesday, Robert Navarro’s fifth minute goal was enough for los Txuri-Urdinak to overcome Mallorca in the Copa del Rey.
So, Imanol Alguacil’s team have now won eight on the spin, four in La Liga and four in the Copa.
This has propelled Real Sociedad up to third in the table, and into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Thus, they’ll be traveling to Madrid for this clash full of confidence.
Rayo Vallecano though will be no push-overs, starting the weekend ninth, very much in the hunt for European qualification.
Los Franjirrojos beat Real Valladolid a week ago, with Isi Palazón the only scorer at Estadio José Zorrilla.
That victory means Andoni Iraola’s team have lost just one of their last nine La Liga games, suffering just a solitary defeat on their own turf all season.
This fixture at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas could go either-way.