La Liga leaders Barcelona will look to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign as they travel to Real Sociedad at on Sunday. Ernesto Valverde’s side will be strong favourites against La Real, who have only won one of their last eight in all competitions.
Where and when: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta – 14 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Real Sociedad v Barcelona: Sky Sports, Unibet live streaming
Last time: Barcelona defeated La Real 3-2 in April in an entertaining encounter in which Lionel Messi scored twice, while their last league visit to Anoeta finished in a 1-1 draw, while Barca won each leg of their Copa Del Rey tie last season.
Real Sociedad v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
This tie has developed into one of the most highly anticipated fixtures in La Liga due to the Anoeta being the ground at which Barca perform worst.
The Blaugrana have failed to win any of their last eight league visits to the stadium in a run which has included five defeats, with Barca’s last victory in the stadium coming in 2007.
After winning each of their opening three league games, La Real have been in iffy form since with only three more victories in their subsequent 15 matches. That leaves them sitting in 12th position with only one win from their last eight matches in all competitions.
Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona men now sit 16 points clear of Real Madrid – who have a game in hand – and nine clear of Atletico Madrid in second spot.
The away side are heavy favourites and are 12/25 on to win the game, with Real Sociedad priced at an outlandish 31/5 with the draw available at 4/1.
For both teams to score in this fixture – there were 12 goals in their last two meetings – is priced at 8/13 while over 3.5 goals is available at 15/13.
One to watch for Real Sociedad: Willian Jose has hit 12 goals already this season and he netted two goals against Barcelona last season including in this fixture, he is 28/11 to score anytime here.
One to watch for Barcelona: Luis Suarez has netted five times in his last four appearances and eight in his last nine, along with goals in two of his last three home games against La Real. The Uruguayan striker is 11/14 to score anytime.
Long shot: Real Sociedad are unbeaten in their last eight home league games against the Catalan giants and have won five of those games. For them to be ahead at both half time and full time in this one is priced at 11/1.