Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Real Sociedad vs Barcelona in La Liga.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Match Preview
A trip to the San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad has been an uneasy encounter for Barcelona, at least in recent times. However, the hosts are in the middle of a poor run which makes this Real Sociedad vs Barcelona clash at the Estadio Municipal de Anoeta on Sunday, January 14 a very intriguing one, so check out our Real Sociedad vs Barcelona prediction and betting tips.
Real Sociedad are in desperate need of a morale booster, both on and off the pitch, after a dreadful start to the La Liga campaign. They are currently down in 12th place in the campaign after 18 games (23pts, W6, D5, L7). Things got worse in the midweek as they crashed out of the Copa del Rey losing to third tier opponents. That’s a silver lining, at least, because the hosts can now concentrate on improving their league form. They did put up a spectacular performance right before the Christmas break when they defeated Sevilla 3-1. The need of the hour is to put up a solid performance in this Real Sociedad vs Barcelona fixture. Can the hosts lift themselves up?
Barcelona are the runaway leaders in La Liga and are currently top of the tree after 18 games (48pts, W15, D3, L0). That is a phenomenal start for a team that has been criticized as also-ran at the beginning of the season. Barcelona have a very healthy nine-point cushion over the second-placed Atletico Madrid, but with the capital team set to enter a home stretch, things may get tougher for Barca. Also, the visitors have some tricky questions to answer, but with their ambition of achieving a domestic double intact, coach Ernesto Valverde is a busy man ahead of this Real Sociedad vs Barcelona fixture.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona H2H
Barcelona have struggled at the Anoeta stadium, which has been a consistent theme at the San Sebastian, ahead of the Real Sociedad vs Barcelona fixture. The hosts have nabbed three wins out of the last four Real Sociedad vs Barcelona clashes.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Team News
Real Sociedad will not have the services of Carlos Martinez and Inigo Martinez.
For Barcelona, Samuel Umtiti is out of contention while new signing Philippe Coutinho is yet to shake off a minor niggle. Barcelona, otherwise, have no injury worries ahead of this Real Sociedad vs Barcelona game.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Probable Line-ups
Real Sociedad: Rulli, Odriozola, Navas, Llorente, Rodrigues, Prieto, Ilaramendi, Zurtuza, Januzaj, Jose, Oyarzabal.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Dembele, Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction
Barcelona enjoyed a great midweek, swatting aside the challenge of Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey. The 5-0 winning margin was an indication of how well this side has been playing in the recent past, under Velverde. Though the visitors have an inferior record at this ground, Barcelona could find it tough to crack open the title race. Can they pull it off? We certainly feel there would be goals in both nets, which is why we are backing over 2.5 goals.