La Liga action returns this weekend with Barcelona travelling to Real Sociedad in one of the games of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. The visitors, who have a 100% record in the league so far, are slight favourites in a notoriously difficult fixture for them.
Where and when: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, San Sebastián – 15 September, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona: William Hill
Last time: Philippe Coutinho’s goal was enough to separate the teams at the Camp Nou last season on the final day, while in the Basque Country, Barca came from two goals down to triumph 4-2 last season.
|Over 2.5 goals||4/11||Offer|
|Real Sociedad double chance||9/5||Offer|
|Lionel Messi anytime scorer||7/12||Offer|
Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Spanish top flight football returns on Saturday after the international break with Real Sociedad – who have four points from their opening three games – taking on Barcelona.
The Spanish champions have started the defence of their league title faultlessly as they have defeat Alaves, Real Valladolid and Huesca – the latter of whom they defeated 8-2 most recently.
La Real came from behind to defeat Villarreal in their league opener before blowing a two-goal lead against Leganes to draw while their third game brought a surprise defeat at Eibar.
The away side are favourites to win this encounter at odds of 4/9, with La Real priced at 26/5 and the draw available at 4/1.
This is unlikely to be a cagey affair with three of the past four meetings producing six, five and seven goals – so over 2.5 goals here appears to offer value at 4/11 with over 3.5 goals at 1.
However, if you think this is likely to be a tight game with the hosts frustrating Barca, under 2.5 goals is priced at 15/8.
A ‘double chance’ on La Real to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 9/5 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/9.
Don’t forget, Barca have only picked up one victory here (a 4-2 win last season) in their last decade of league visits to Anoeta.
If you fancy the visiting side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 23/20.
One to watch for Real Sociedad: Willian Jose has scored 34 goals across his two full seasons with Real Sociedad and already has his two from three this campaign and is priced at 11/5 to find the net in this game.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi netted 34 goals in 36 La Liga outings last season and already has three in four this time around. He has scored four goals in his last four games against La Real, he is 7/12 to score anytime here.
Long shot: Barcelona have kept two clean sheets from three and found it hard work to break down Alaves and Real Valladolid in their earlier victories. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 26/1.