Real Sociedad Eager to Extend Non-Losing Streak
While Real Sociedad hasn’t lost in its last five games, Barcelona lost to the team sitting in 17th place. Even so, Los Azulgranas own a five-point advantage over Los Blanquiazules in the UEFA Champions League race.
According to the soccer odds, Barcelona comes in as the favorite, which makes Real Sociedad a tempting underdog. Los Blanquiazules are on a better non-losing streak when it comes to playing at home.
By the way, Xavineta is Barcelona’s new nickname.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Spain La Liga odds for Real Sociedad vs Barcelona. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Real Sociedad Hottest Team in La Liga
Real Sociedad is the only team in La Liga that hasn’t lost in its last five games. Even so, Los Blanquiazules sit in sixth place, but they depend only on themselves to climb up to fifth. Whoever finishes fifth will qualify for the UEFA Europa League Group Stage.
Qualifying for the UEL wouldn’t be a bad deal. Nevertheless, Los Blanquiazules want to shine on the big stage, better known as the UCL. To do so, they must finish in the top four, therefore, they can’t afford to lose on Thursday.
Most recently, they drew 0-0 to Real Betis, not bad considering Los Verdiblancos are having a season to remember. Also, Real Sociedad finished the game with 10 players after David Silva got a red card.
Los Blanquiazules haven’t lost in their last seven home games, 5-2-0, but that’s not all. They also finished with a clean sheet in all seven games. That’s crazy!
Not having Silva is one of the main reasons for la Real to be the soccer betting underdog at +240. Nevertheless, not everything is bad news. Joseba Zaldua will be back after missing the game against Betis due to suspension.
Barcelona Needs to Wake Up
First, Barcelona was eliminated from the UEL by Frankfurt after losing 3-2 at Camp Nou. Four days later, the Xavineta lost 1-0 to Cadiz, again at Camp Nou. The visitors were offering a +1700 price to win straight up!
Needless to say, Xavi isn’t not happy: “I am annoyed, and we have to be self-critical, myself first, as the coach. We’re playing to be in the Champions League, that’s why I am so angry. There was a lack of desire and determination,” said the head coach after the game against Cadiz.
He’s not wrong. Barcelona shouldn’t be suffering so much. We’re talking about a team that has the luxury of leaving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore on the bench. Aubameyang is the team’s second top scorer despite having arrived in January.
Barcelona has lost only two games when playing on the road (7-7-2). In fact, the last time Los Azulgranas lost was in late October. That’s 12 games without losing, of which they won eight.
Despite recent results, I do believe Barcelona deserves to be the soccer picks and parlays favorite. The +115 price seems fair considering its opponent’s recent success. Prior to losing to Cadiz, Barcelona won eight straight games when playing as the favorite. The talent is there, they just need to work on the little details.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 167
- Real Sociedad Victories: 33 (167 goals)
- Barcelona Victories: 98 (341 goals)
- Draws: 36
Their first meeting was a goal-fest that Barcelona ended up winning 4-2. Martin Braithwaite was the Man of the Match after scoring twice. He recently recovered from an injury, so he might do it again.
Real Sociedad hasn’t been able to defeat Barcelona in their last 10 meetings. Los Azulgranas own a 9-1-0 record. Not winning hasn’t prevented Los Blanquiazules from contributing for the total to go over. If you like goals, you’ll be pleased to know that the total went over in eight of those games.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Game Information
- Date: Thursday, April 21
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Reale Arena, San Sebastian
- Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Live Stream: fubo.tv
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Betting Lines
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction
Things don’t look good for Barcelona. However, Los Azulgranas have responded well in times of adversity. A month ago, everyone was expecting Real Madrid to humiliate Barcelona at El Clasico. Well, it ended up being the other way around.
With Braithwaite and Memphis Depay fully recovered, the visitors should have no trouble going back to scoring ways. As for Real Sociedad, David Silva will be truly missed. However, Los Blanquiazules will contribute, once again, for the total to go over. That’s right, go ahead and include the over in your soccer picks.
Score Prediction: Barcelona 2, Real Sociedad 1