Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Barcelona visit Real Sociedad on Thursday evening in a crucial clash for the top four battle in La Liga. Xavi’s side needs to bounce back after a shocking 1-0 defeat against Cadiz at Nou Camp last time, while the hosts are coming off a goalless draw against Real Betis and are unbeaten in their last seven games at Anoeta.

Where and when: Reale Arena – 21 April, kick-off 20:30

Where you can see Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports, La Liga TV, Bet365 Live streaming

Last time: Those two sides last met in La Liga’s opening round back in August and it was Barcelona who earned a 4-2 victory at Nou Camp thanks to strikes from Gerrard Pique, Martin Braithwaite (x2) and Sergi Roberto, while Julen Lobete and Mikel Oyarzabal were on target for the visitors.

Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview

Real Sociedad have been in impeccable form at home this term. Imanol Alguacil’s men are unbeaten in their last seven games at Anoeta, winning five of them, while they have suffered only two home defeats in La Liga this term. What’s even more impressive is that the White and Blues have kept clean sheets in each of those games, including their last week, when they drew 0-0 against Real Betis.

Barcelona, meanwhile, suffered two shocking defeats at home in a space of one week. Everybody expected a response from Xavi’s side after the 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt and the elimination from Europa League, but instead La Blaugrana were once again embarrassed and beaten 1-0 by Cadiz. However, Barcelona won their last four games on the road, so not playing at Nou Camp might be exactly what the Catalans need right now.

Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona full time result odds

The hosts will have to do without Mikel Oyarzabal, Carlos Fernandez, Nacho Monreal and Ander Barrentxea who are all injured. However, David Silva returns from suspension and considering Real Sociedad’s impressive form at home odds of 5/2 for a victory for Imanol Alguacil side.

Barcelona have a mini-injury crisis of their own, as Xavi will have to do without Pedri, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Pique. The Catalans have slowed down after the terrific run in February, but trashed Real Sociedad by 6-1 the last time they visited, so backing Xavi’s side to get three points on Thursday at 15/13 might be a good choice.

Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona both teams to score odds

Each of the last four meetings between those teams have seen both sides finding the back of the net. BTTS also paid off in four of Barcelona’s last five games, so our suggestion is to go with BTTS at 8/11, while the odds raise to 61/20 if you pair this with a victory for Xaxi’s side.

Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona correct score odds

Two of Barcelona’s last five La Liga victories over Real Sociedad were by 2-1, while the Catalans also beat Elche with the same scoreline in one of their recent meetings. The Basque side have only suffered two home defeats this term, but nevertheless our pick is a 2-1 victory for the visitors available at 17/2 in these Real Sociedad vs Barcelona preview.

Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona first goalscorer odds

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has netted five goals in his last six La Liga appearances. The Gabon international has netted 10 times in all competitions since he moved to Barcelona from Arsenal in January, so watch out for him to break the deadlock at 9/2 on Thursday evening. The odds raise to 51/1 if Aubameyang ends up scoring and Barcelona end up winning 2-1.

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