The Saturday afternoon action in La Liga sees champions and league leaders Barcelona travel to high-flying Real Sociedad, who are currently fourth in the standings. This is a major test for Ernesto Valverde’s side.
Where and when: Reale Arena, Donostia-San Sebastián – 14 December, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Ba Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona: William Hill
Last time: Barcelona have won the last seven meetings of these two sides and edged out both clashes 2-1 last season. However, their trips here yielded just one point from six league visits between 2011 and 2017.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Real Sociedad double chance||11/10||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||16/5||Offer|
|Arturo Vidal anytime scorer||19/5||Offer|
Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Real Sociedad have greatly impressed this season and sit fourth in the standings, but their form has been derailed slightly in recent weeks.
They have been held to draws by both Leganes and Real Valladolid while, somewhat more expectedly, they lost 3-1 at Real Madrid.
Barcelona have badly struggled for form this season – they have already lost three league matches but do remain top of the table, albeit on goal difference ahead of Real Madrid.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have won their last five games in all competitions to relieve the pressure on the under-fire boss, including an impressive win at Atletico Madrid and a comfortable triumph over Real Mallorca last time out.
Unsurprisingly due to their stature, the visitors are favourites for this encounter at odds of 8/11 with a Real Sociedad victory priced at 10/3 and the draw available at 16/5.
There have been 58 goals over Barcelona’s 17 league games – more than four per game – while 44 goals have flown in during La Real games this term. Over 4.5 goals is priced at 16/5 with over 5.5 at a tempting 13/2.
A ‘double chance’ on La Real to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 11/10 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/5.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 7/4.
One to watch for Real Sociedad: Mikel Oyarzabal has been one of La Real’s star performers to date this season, the Spain international will be looking to add to his five league goals thus far and is at 14/5 to do so here.
One to watch for Barcelona: Arturo Vidal has already notched up four goals in La Liga this season – against Real Betis, Sevilla, Real Valladolid and Leganes – and is at a tempting 19/5 to find the net here.
Long shot: Barcelona have conceded just five times in their last six games while La Real’s last game was a scoreless draw at Valladolid. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 14/1.