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: 2019-20La Liga
, Matchday 17
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 4pm CET/WAT (
), 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,
return to La Liga action with the first of two games of gigantic proportions in the title race sinceEl Clásico
against Real Madrid is next Wednesday at Camp Nou.
’s first challenge is a duel against Real Sociedad at Anoeta. The match has always ended in disaster, despair, and the feeling that
would never, ever win away to La Real.
have won the last three games at Anoeta and the last seven overall against
in all competitions since 2017, and
are just a tough opponent rather than the team
could not overcome for almost 10 years.
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
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.
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
can’t lose there.
The two teams have played 38 matches
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have won 6 direct matches while
have won 26 matches. 6 matches ended in a draw.
Their last meeting was in week 33, 2018/19
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)
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann
Remiro; Zaldua, Zubeldia, Llorente, Monreal; Ødegaard, Guevara, Merino; Portu, Willian José, Oyarzábal
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.
will be fresh for the weekend after resting several first-team faces in midweek, including
, Sergio Busquets, and Gerard Pique. So, it would not be a surprise to see
the Spanish champions
put another three points on the board.