Tip Barcelona - Real Sociedad
Barcelona hope to recover from their Clasico defeat with a win when they take on Real Sociedad this weekend. La Blaugrana got knocked off top spot after goals from the unlikely duo of Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz. They now trail Real by a point. Meanwhile, La Real arrive at the Camp Nou on the back of a third consecutive league win, a 1-0 home triumph over Valladolid. It places Sociedad sixth in the table, three points off third spot with a game in hand. A dangerous team full of vibrant talent, Sociedad could upset Barcelona at their most vulnerable moment. Missing Suarez and Dembele through injury, Barca looked off the pace at the Bernabeu. Their midfield, usually the cornerstone of a dominating Barca side, looked dishevelled against a hungrier set of midfielders. While Sociedad's away form has been far from spectacular, they did what Barca couldn't and won 4-3 in Madrid against Real last month. That win was as surprising as it was emphatic and should warn punters off dismissing the visiting side.
When the teams last played (a 2-2 draw) in mid-December of 2019, Barcelona were lucky to come away with a point. Once again, their transitioning midfield was shown up. Busquets is past his best and De Jong has been poorly utilised. Up front, Messi is amazing but he cannot be relied upon to get them out of jams, not when they're faltering to this extent. Sociedad have only won two of their last six matches away from home in La Liga but few teams leave themselves as vulnerable to counter-attacks as Barca. Back Sociedad double chance.
Key points Barcelona - Real Sociedad
Barcelona have failed to win three of their last six matches in all competitions.
Barcelona average 3.38 goals per game at home in La Liga.
Real Sociedad have scored the opening goal in 76% of their matches.
Conclusion Barcelona - Real Sociedad
No team in La Liga has a better home record than Barcelona. They have won 12 of their 13 games, losing none. And yet, it feels as though a bad result at the Camp Nou could be on the cards against La Real. Barca have struggled to settle under Quique Setien and we don't see them suddenly getting their act together when Sociedad come to town. Back the visitors double chance.
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Barcelona Real Sociedad Prediction published on March 3, 2020