Laliga

Anoeta is Bale territory

Zinedine Zidane needs his top men to find form away to Real Sociedad on Sunday night and Gareth Bale is to lead the line in one of his favourite stadiums at one of his toughest moments.

Struggling for form early on in the campaign, the Welshman has a lone goal to his time and yet must fill in for the injured Karim Benzema and suspended Cristiano Ronaldo at Estadio Anoeta.

Fortunately for Bale, the Sociedad arena is one in which he holds many happy memories, having scored five goals in four trips north.

Interestingly, the winger has failed to score past La Real in each of his three games at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu while he’s won three and lost just once at Anoeta.

Notching a brace last time out, it’s the type of night he’s enjoyed in San Sebastian so many times that he must hit once again if he’s to remain one of his coach’s favoured forwards.

What’s more, Madrid as a club are flagging after just three games in LaLiga, dropping four points at home to lesser sides while Barcelona fly forward with four straight wins.

If Los Blancos are to cut the gap back down to size on Sunday night, it’s Bale who will be depended on to return to his usual self at Anoeta and deliver a performance of redemption

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