Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Reale Seguros Stadium (San Sebastian).
Barcelona could be tested a bit considering this is an away fixture. However, this is the last league encounter for the Blaugrana before the Clasico, and they will want to arrive for it in top form. As such, despite the struggles of the team on the road, count on the defending champions to deliver the win this Saturday.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)
- Barcelona won the previous seven games in a row.
- Five of the former six matches saw Barca score two or more goals.
- It’s been three years since Barca have lost against this opponent.
- The guests are on a three-match winning run at this stadium.
- In their last eleven visits to this stadium, only once have Barca kept a clean sheet.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction
Sociedad were on the road the last match-day, and they did try their best to secure a win against Valladolid. Their persistent efforts could not fetch them a goal, though it resulted in four yellow cards and the game had ended in a goalless draw.
In the meantime, Barcelona recorded a massive 5-2 win over Mallorca the previous game week. It was the first game for Lionel Messi after his record sixth Ballon d’Or triumph, and the Argentine celebrated it with a magnificent hattrick.
The result for this weekend encounter could be deduced by analyzing the stature of the respective teams. Sociedad may be a great team with a rich history, but they surely pale in comparison to Barcelona, arguably one of the best teams in the world.
On top of that, Barca are on a six-game winning run, and have lost just once in their last fifteen battles. Keep note that the team had recorded wins in 13 of these 15 fixtures.
On the other hand, their opposite number was winless in four of their previous five fixtures, and the team could deliver a single win from their past four attempts at home.
Importantly, Barcelona have won the last seven h2h clashes in a row, and are on a three-game winning run at this venue.
Taking into account these observations, rightfully expect Barcelona to come out on top with a win this Saturday, and keep the pressure on Real Madrid.
However, the defense of Barca have been on tatters this season. They have been able to record a total of three clean sheets from the last ten overall encounters, and most importantly, they conceded at least a goal in ten of the last eleven h2h fixtures at this venue.
Finally, considering how the famed Anoeta Stadium treats its visitors, it would be arrogant to think the defensively suffering Barcelona would return without letting in a goal.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Barcelona to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5).