Barcelona vs Real Sociedad : Match Preview
Barcelona travel to Real Sociedad
Barcelona have won only 2 in their last 9 league visits to Anoeta. Catalan giants are currently top of the table with 34 points. Barcelona and Real Madrid are equal on points but goal difference separates them narrowly. Real Sociedad are 4th in the table with 27 points. Sociedad look improved this season as Willian José and Martin Odegaard are playing some good football. A win against Barcelona on home turf will boost their chances of finishing in top 4. On the other side, the visitors will look to make it 8 wins in all competitions. Barcelona come from a win over Inter at San Siro in Italy. Ansu Fati scored in 86th minute to ensure Barca finish off the group stages with a win.
When and Where:-
Venue –Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain
Time – 20:30 IST, 14th December
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Team news –
Real Sociedad –
No fresh injury concerns are confirmed but Ruben Pardo, Illaramendi, David Zurutuza and Normand are not available for selection. Joseba Zaldua will be available having served a suspension against Valladolid.
Ousmane Dembele is confirmed out due to a hamstring problem and Arthur is still struggling to overcome an adductor issue. Jordi Alba is making progress in his recovery from a muscular injury. Nelson semedo remains out due to calf injury. Senior set to return to starting XI as Spanish side rested them against Inter in mid-week champions league game.
Real Sociedad –
Remiro, Zaldua, Zubeldia, Llorente, Monreal, Guevara, Portu, Odegaard, Merino, Oyarzabal, Willian Jose.
Ter-Stegen, Firpo, Lenglet, Pique, Roberto, De Jong, Busquets, Rakitic, Griezmann, Messi, Suarez.
Barcelona have won only 2 of their nine games at Anoeta, but those 2 wins came under Ernesto Valverde. Lionel Messi has scored 13 goals in 19 appearances against Real Sociedad but only 4 of them came in an away fixture. Real Socidead have lost each of their last 5 Laliga games against Catalans.
Predicted Result –
Real Sociedad 1 – 2 Barcelona
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