After a distasteful El Clasico defeat, title contenders Barcelona will be looking to redeem their title run as they host side Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. The match schedules for 7th March with kickoff at 20:30 GMT.
Barcelona recorded an el Clasico defeat in their last encounter with rivals the Los Blancos. The loss saw the side fall down to second place in La Liga with 55 points. The loss marked the first loss with Coach Setien in charge. Despite several open chances, the Catalans were unable to seal past Courtois.
There has been unease at the camp with reports of a falling out of players with the assistant coach. Sarabia was not shy to voice his discomfort over the poor performance of the side during the el Clasico.
Real Sociedad sealed their third consecutive win in the La Liga with a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid in a thrilling late kickoff. The side is currently 6th on the La Liga with three points off the top four La Liga teams.
Will Coach Alguacil find a way to ease past the troubles at Camp Nou, or will Coach Setien salvage from the El Clasico defeat to keep their title runs alive?
Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad Head to Head
Both sides have met on 26 occasions with the Catalans taking home 17 wins while Real Sociedad contends with five wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad 2-4 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-2 Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona
Barcelona Team News
With a late move to the Catalans, forward Braithwaite has already made an impact with two assists as a sub. Despite not featuring in the El Clasico, the skipper sets to feature with Setien’s plans. Long term injuries for the squad include forward Luis Suarez undergoing knee surgery and winger Dembele with a hamstring injury.
Real Sociedad Team News
The muscle injury of Diego Llorente has seen the skipper ruled out of eight matches for the side. It still remains unclear when the skipper will return to field training. Other long term injuries in the camp include central midfielder David Zurutuza with Achilles tendon problems.
Prediction and Odds
With the title run still in the grasp of Catalans, we expect a heated battle for the top of the La Liga from the side.
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