Champions Barcelona will lift the La Liga trophy after this game against Real Sociedad. However, the Catalan club will be kicking themselves after they blew their chance of making history by going through the entire campaign unbeaten.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 20 May, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Despite going two goals ahead when the teams met in January, Sociedad couldn’t hold on and were blown away by Barca in the second half, with the visitors running out 4-2 winners.
Barcelona v Real Sociedad Predictions and Preview
So near and yet so far. After 36 games, Barcelona had won 27, drawn nine and lost none. After a nine-goal thriller at Levante though, it was 37 and out for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who came so close to writing their names into the history books.
It’s going to be incredibly tough for the Barca boss to pick his players up for this final game of the season, and that could have a bearing on the outcome of this game. However, the Blaugrana still start the game as massive favourites in the betting, priced at 1/4.
The Catalan giants have won 27 of their last 30 home games in La Liga, and will be looking to sign off in style before they lift the trophy that they’ve wrestled back from Real Madrid so convincingly. After scoring at least twice in 28 of those 30 games at the Nou Camp, Barca are 7/10 to win with over 3.5 goals in the match.
Real Sociedad are 12/1 to pick up an unlikely victory. La Real come into this game in 10th place, and could finish the season as high as ninth or as low as 15th – although there would have to be a serious swing in goal difference for them to drop five places.
The draw is 7/1, but you have to go back to 1995 for the last time the Basques got a result at the Nou Camp. The scoreline that day was 1-1, and a repeat of that is priced at 19/1. At least Imanol Alguacil will only have Imanol Agirretxe out injured as he looks for an improbable result.
The hosts meanwhile will be without Sergi Roberto through suspension, while Thomas Vermaelen, Sergi Samper and Jose Manuel Arnaiz have all been ruled out. Samuel Umtiti is also a doubt as he battles to overcome a knee injury.
One to watch for Barcelona: It’s sure to be another emotional occasion for the departing Andres Iniesta. The legendary playmaker is 13/1 to open the scoring in his final game for Barcelona, and 5/1 to end his career in La Liga in style by scoring in a Barcelona win.
One to watch for Real Sociedad: Top scorer Willian Jose has 20 goals for La Real in all competitions this season. He’s available at 21/2 to add to that with the first goal of the game on Sunday.
Long shot: Philippe Coutinho did his best to prevent a Lionel Messi-less Barca from losing their unbeaten record against Levante. He bagged a hat-trick on Sunday and is 40/1 to repeat the trick at the weekend.