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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview

Real Sociedad

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21 March 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET La Liga Municipal de Balaidos

All eyes will be on Reale Seguros Stadium when Real Sociedad and Barcelona face each other in the La Liga derby. 


La Real continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive triumph on home soil. 

Despite picking up a knock in the 1-0 loss to Granada, David Silva should be fit to face Barca.

The Catalan giants, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late. 

Ronald Koeman’s men rolled over Huesca 4-1 in their last league match, but beating Real Sociedad in San Sebastian is easier said than done. 

A close encounter is on the cards at Reale Seguros Stadium, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. 

The likes of Gerard Pique, Sergio Roberto, Philippe Coutinho, and Ansu Fati are all likely to miss the game with injuries.


Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Head-to-head

Teams Real Sociedad Barcelona played so far 42 matches.
Real Sociedad won 6 direct matches. Barcelona won 28 matches. 8 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.00 goals per Match.

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction

Real Sociedad in actual season average scored 1.37 goals per match. In 14 (73.68%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (42.11%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Barcelona average scored 2.21 goals per match in season 2021. In 17 (80.95%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (42.86%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.


Team News:

Real Sociedad will again be without the services of Luca Sangalli, Miguel Moya, Joseba Zaldua and Aritz Elustondo through injury, while Nacho Monreal, David Silva, Martin Zubimendi and Carlos Fernandez are doubts.

Head coach Alguacil is expected to resist the temptation to make wholesale changes from the side that suffered a 1-0 defeat to Granada last weekend.

There could be an alteration in the final third of the field, though, with Portu replacing Adnan Januzaj, but there will again be starts for Alexander Isak and Mikel Oyarzabal, while the home side will hope that David Silva can shake off a back complaint to feature in midfield.

As for Barca, Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto are still unavailable through injury, while Gerard Pique is again expected to miss out with a knee injury.

Ronald Araujo made his return from injury off the bench against Huesca, but Frenkie de Jong could again be given the nod alongside Mingueza and Clement Lenglet as part of a back three.

Pedri and Sergio Busquets should start as the midfield two, while Koeman is unlikely to make alterations to his attack, with Messi again being joined by Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele.

Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; D Silva, Illarramendi, Merino; Portu, Isak, Oyarzabal

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


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