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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
Spain – Super Cup
Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Nuevo Arcángel.

A place in the Spanish Super Cup final will be at stake when Real Sociedad and Barcelona face each other at Estadio Nuevo Arcangel.

Real Sociedad aim to bounce back from a 3-2 La Liga loss to Sevilla, but given their anything but good form, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs.

The Basques have been struggling in La Liga ever since key midfielder David Silva suffered a muscle injury, and we predict that the former Man City ace will be sorely missed in Wednesday’s clash.

Barca, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record in 2021 intact, and seeing that Leo Messi has found his goalscoring touch, away win should be considered.

Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, and Philippe Coutinho remain in the recovery room, but defender Ronald Araujo has overcome his injury.

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Real Sociedad Barcelona played so far 41 matches.
Real Sociedad won 6 direct matches. Barcelona won 28 matches. 7 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.02 goals per Match.

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction

Real Sociedad in actual season average scored 1.34 goals per match. In 10 (71.43%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (28.57%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Barcelona average scored 2.22 goals per match in season 2021. In 9 (69.23%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (53.85%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Sociedad's David Silva is struggling to shake off a muscular problem and may not be involved here, while Aritz Elustondo is also a major doubt.

However, there is optimism over the fitness of veteran defender Nacho Monreal, who should start at left-back following reports that he has now returned to full training.

Alexander Isak found the back of the net at the weekend but could find his spot up top under threat from Willian Jose, while Asier Illarramendi and Robin Le Normand could both be reintroduced to the first XI.

As for Barcelona, Koeman could shuffle the pack in defence with Clement Lenglet back from suspension and Ronald Araujo included despite picking up a hamstring problem before the clash with Granada.

It is still too soon for Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati to return to action, but Koeman is expected to stick with the majority of the side that dispatched Granada with ease on Saturday.

Messi boasts 25 goal contributions (16 goals, nine assists) in all competitions against Sociedad and is set to be supported by Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele on the flanks.

Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Gorosabel, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Monreal; Illarramendi, Merino, Guevara; Porto, Jose, Oyarzabal

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Messi, Griezmann