Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 20 May 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona.
Barcelona fell at the penultimate obstacle as Levante prevented them from making the “invincibles campaign”.
The Frogs produced a miraculous display seven days ago at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia where they dispatched the newly-crowned champions 5-4 with a hat-trick from Emmanuel Boateng a and brace from Enis Bardhi.
Barcelona’s defensive line (featuring Yerry Mina, Thomas Vermaelen and later Gerard Pique) revealed how vulnerable it actually is without Samuel Umtiti. The Frenchman will skip the last round’s tie with Real Sociedad as well, meaning the visitors could get a nice chance to repeat last weekend’s display when they bagged three goals in a victory over Leganes at Anoeta.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Head-to-head
The most recent set of H2H encounters suggests we might well be in for a sky-high scoring contest on Sunday evening.
Last three H2H games saw the total of 18 goals (six per game) as both teams scored two or more goals in each of the mentioned games.
Barcelona obviously came on top on much more occasions over the history and they lead the H2H tie by 21 wins ahead of 48th meeting with Real Sociedad.
Blaugrana were particularly dominant in matches at Camp Nou where they won 22 and drew 1 of 23 games against Sociedad.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Prediction
Lionel Messi was not in the lineup in the aforementioned defeat to Levante seven days ago. He could easily be left out here in the last game of the season against Sociedad leaving up the space for the most recent acquisitions Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho to shine. The Brazilian winger showed a phenomenal display against the Frogs as he netted a hat-trick at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.
Dembele was pretty inspired in the previous home tie against Villarreal when he notched a brace in a demolishing 5-1 victory. The French youngster was also on target in mid-week friendly with Mamelodi Sundowns (1-3 win, Suarez and Gomez also scored goals for Barca).
Sociedad, on the other side, won five of last seven league matches under Imanol Alguacil. They scored three goals on two separate occasions in last three ties. Based on everything written above, we have reasons to expect goals galore when these two likes lock horns in the last match of the season at Camp Nou.
As many as 18 goals were seen in last three H2H games and both teams will head into the final round clash off the back of high-scoring thrillers from last weekend. Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTDS should thus be a banker bet at the 1.50 odds. Over 1.5 goals in the first half is also a bet worth backing at 1.57.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Bet Tips
- Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS @ 1.50
- Over 1.5 Goals in the first half @ 1.57.