After signing Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, and Andreas Christensen everybody expected Barcelona to crush every La Liga opponent, including Real Madrid. Well, Los Azulgranas weren’t able to score in their first game.
Now, they’ll visit Real Sociedad, a team that started off on the right foot and whose main goal is to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. In other words, a tempting online gambling underdog, especially at +245.
Real Sociedad: Dream Debut
Last season, Real Sociedad struggled in every match David Silva was unable to play, either due to injury or suspension. That’s why their main focus during the offseason was to sign another skillful, offensive midfielder, and they managed to do so. They ended up signing Takefusa Kubo.
Well, Kubo is already paying off. Last week, Real Sociedad visited Cadiz and suffered more than expected. Nevertheless, the Japanese made the difference with a delightful volley. That was enough for Los Blanquiazules to win 1-0.
Mikel Oyarzabal, who last season finished as the team’s top scorer with 15 goals in all competition, is out due to injury and will be for a while, but with Silva, Kubo and Alexander Isak leading the way, Los Blanquiazules should be fine. Especially if the defense keeps piling up clean sheets.
Last season, la Real finished sixth, enough to qualify for the UEFA Europa League. Being a more reliable soccer pick when playing at home had a lot to do with that. Los Blanquiazules won 10 games and only lost four when playing at Reale Arena. On the other hand, they won only seven and lost six when playing on the road. That and the +245 price makes them a really tempting underdog.
Barcelona: Great Form at Reale Arena
As mentioned before, Barcelona couldn’t get the three points on Matchday 1. Los Azulgranas failed to meet expectations and drew 0-0 to Rayo Vallecano. They won possession with 68 percent and finished with 21 shots, six on target, but had no luck.
As if that wasn’t enough, Sergio Busquets was sent off right before the end of the match, meaning he won’t be traveling to San Sebastian. The good news is that manager Xavi Hernandez has plenty of options to replace him, including Frenkie de Jong and Kessie.
“We have a very good squad, but we have to show that we are better on the pitch. The favorite to win the league is always the team that won the season before. But we are a strong candidate,” said Hernandez during a press conference.
Well, he’s not wrong, Real Madrid is the favorite to win the title, but Los Azulgranas shouldn’t suffer so much against a team like Rayo, especially at home.
Anyway, Real Sociedad has a strong attacking unit, but Barcelona’s is way better. Besides Lewandowski and Raphinha, there are Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pedri, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati. There’s also Memphis Depay, but he could be leaving pretty soon.
The other good news is that after several years of struggling in San Sebastian, Barcelona is now on a run of six games without losing. That also has to do with them being in control of the soccer lines at +105.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 168
- Real Sociedad Victories: 33 (167 goals)
- Barcelona Victories: 99 (342 goals)
- Draws: 36
Last season, Barcelona won both La Liga meetings between two. First, Martin Braithwaite led them to a 4-2 victory at Camp Nou by scoring two goals. Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto also scored. Later, a fantastic header from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was enough for Los Azulgranas to win 1-0 at Reale Arena.
If there’s something you can expect from these two, it’s goals. Barcelona scored 2.5 goals per game in their last 10 encounters, while Real Sociedad averaged one goal per game.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Game Information
- Date: Sunday, August 21
- Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Reale Arena, San Sebastian
- Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Live Stream: fubo.tv
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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction
Yes, Barcelona struggled against Rayo Vallecano, but Real Sociedad also struggled against Cadiz, and Rayo is better. Plus, we expect Robert Lewandowski to start paying off, after all, he’s among the favorites to win the Golden Boot. If not, Barcelona has the talent to spare, and that’s what will make the difference in a close battle. Therefore, our soccer prediction is a victory for the visitors with a one-goal advantage. Both will score, though, as they did in seven of their last 10 meetings.
Score Prediction: Barcelona 2, Real Sociedad 1