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Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Match Preview

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Barcelona will be hosting Real Sociedad in their next La Liga fixture on Saturday.

Barcelona won their last game 3-0 against Manchester United at Camp Nou. They will be facing Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals after qualifying after winning 4-0 aggregate against United.

Real Sociedad drew their last game 1-1 against Eibar at home. They lie on the tenth position in the La Liga points table.

Form

Barcelona – WWWDW

Barcelona has won four of their last five games. They have been in good form in recent weeks, especially Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. They did draw their last La Liga fixture but they had rested many of their stars that day.

Real Sociedad – DDWLD

Real Sociedad has been inconsistent in recent days. They have won just once in their last five games, drawing three and losing one. They haven’t won away since their victory against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeau.

Injury/Suspension

Barcelona

Rafinha is the only absentee for Blaugrana due to injury, Vermaelen and Umtiti are doubtful for the Real Sociedad’s visit and might miss the home game.

Real Sociedad

David Zurutuza is the only player who has been ruled due to injury. While they have Igor Zubeldia, Adnan Januzaj, Hector Moreno and Kevin Rodrigues are all doubtful.

Probable Lineups

Barcelona

Formation: 4-3-3

Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Dembele.

Real Sociedad

Formation: 4-3-3

Rulli; Zaldua, Llorente, Elustondo, Hernandez; Merino, Zubeldia, Pardo; Juanmi, Jose, Oyarzabal.

Stadium

Camp Nou, Barcelona

Possible Outcome

Barcelona will surely play their full strength team in this game. It will be a real challenge for Real Sociedad to stop Barca at home.

We are expecting a dominant performance from Valverde’s men. They are clear favourites for the La Liga title with the nine-point lead they have on Atletico Madrid. But they will make sure to wrap up the title as soon as possible. Expect Suarez and Messi to create havoc for Real Sociedad’s defence.

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