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📝Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad Preview: Head to Head & Lineups

Sat 14 December 2019 | 8:50

Barcelona travel to the Reale Arena to take on the in form Basque side, hoping to make it eight straight wins in all competitions ahead of a giant El Clásico next Wednesday.

Competition: 2019-20

La Liga

, Matchday 17

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: 4pm CET/WAT (

Barcelona

), 3pm GMT (UK), 10am ET

Venue: Reale Arena (Anoeta Stadium in our hearts), San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain

Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas

After the b 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League,

Barcelona

return to La Liga action with the first of two games of gigantic proportions in the title race since

El Clásico

against Real Madrid is next Wednesday at Camp Nou.

But

Barça

’s first challenge is a duel against Real Sociedad at Anoeta. The match has always ended in disaster, despair, and the feeling that

Barça

would never, ever win away to La Real.

However,

Barçelona

have won the last three games at Anoeta and the last seven overall against

Sociedad

in all competitions since 2017, and

Sociedad

are just a tough opponent rather than the team

Barça

could not overcome for almost 10 years.

La

Real

have been awesome this season, playing a beautiful brand of attacking, intense football that’s given them great results against the best teams in the country. Willian José wants to score against the

Blaugranas 

and is still there driving the front three, and Martin Ødegaard is a seriously good player now that couldn't want anything more than scoring and beating his parent club’s biggest rival right before El Clásico.

Barça

can’t think about Madrid in this match and should be set up for a war against a great team. The Anoeta Curse is gone, but it doesn’t mean that the

Blaugrana

can’t lose there.

Head to head results:

The two teams have played 38 matches

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so far.

Real Sociedad

have won 6 direct matches while

Barcelona

have won 26 matches. 6 matches ended in a draw.

Their last meeting was in week 33, 2018/19

when

Barcelona

won 2-1 with goals from

Lenglet, Jordi Alba – Juanmi.                                                                                                           

Barcelona Outs & Doubts:

Arthur, Ousmane Dembélé, Moussa Wagué, Junior Firpo (out)

Sociedad Outs & Doubts:

Asier Illarramendi, Artiz Elustondo, David Zurutuza, Le Normand (out)

Possible Starting Lineups:

Barcelona (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann

Sociedad (4-3-3):

Remiro; Zaldua, Zubeldia, Llorente, Monreal; Ødegaard, Guevara, Merino; Portu, Willian José, Oyarzábal

Prediction:

Real Sociedad

ran out 4-1 winners over Eibar at the Reale Arena. Alguacil's men secured their fourth clean sheet of the season last time out but will face a stern test this weekend.

Barcelona

will be fresh for the weekend after resting several first-team faces in midweek, including

Lionel Messi

, Sergio Busquets, and Gerard Pique. So, it would not be a surprise to see

the Spanish champions

put another three points on the board.


source: SportMob