Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 15 September 2018
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta (San Sebastian).
Barcelona travel to Basque country to take on Real Sociedad in one of the most thrilling matches of the Primera Division weekend. The Catalans will aim towards maintaining the perfect score even though trips to San Sebastian proved out to be quite complicated on numerous occasions in the past decade.
This time Blaugrana head into the game as clear favourites following their superb attacking showing in the 8-2 thumping of top flight debutants Huesca before the international break. Such display clearly instilled some confidence into Ernesto Valverde’s troops after a slower performance in a narrow 0-1 victory away at Real Valladolid the week before.
Txuri-Urdinak, on the other side, ruined the promising start and a 1-2 victory over Villarreal away at Estadio de la Ceramica by picking up no more than one point from following two ties against Leganes and Eibar.
Old defensive woes popped up once again as Sociedad allowed two goals in each of these fixtures. Asier Garitano will definitely have headaches ahead of the clash with the star-studded attack of Barcelona’s.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona: Head-to-head
As we mentioned above, trips to the Basque country have not quite always brought success for Barcelona.
They actually have a negative H2H record at Anoeta (8 defeats and 7 wins in 24 games there).
However, the Catalans won each of last four H2H meetings with Sociedad bagging three or more goals in three of these four outings.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona: Prediction
Sociedad were one of the biggest disappointments of the previous Primera Division term last year because of the lack of meticulousness at the back. They look to be dealing with same issues at the start of the new campaign.
Clash with the reigning champions comes at the worst possible moment for them as Blaugrana head into it off the back of a demolishing 8-2 victory in the previous round.
Barca have all prospects to do well here. They notched eight goals two weeks ago and the opposition revealed way too many defensive holes in their previous matches in the competition.
The away win looks like a banker at 1.40, but we’ll try and grab the maximum value backing Blaugrana to win by two or more goals difference at 2.10 odds.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
Barcelona -1.5 handicap @ 2.10 (11/10)
Barcelona to win & Over 3.5 Goals FT @ 2.62 (13/8).