REAL SOCIEDAD V FC BARCELONA – ANOETA STADIUM AT 22:15 (UTC/GMT)

The footballing action in the Spanish top flight will go live this Saturday after the season’s international break. Don’t miss Real Sociedad’s face-off against FC Barcelona on September 15 at the Anoeta Stadium.

Real Sociedad started the 2018 season in quite a disappointing fashion after being beaten by Leganes in a 1-0 loss. Barcelona, however, continued its La Liga duties with a 3-0 win against Levante at Camp Nou. Furthermore, the Barcas dominated Celta Vigo on a 6-1 victory in the Copa del Rey to progress in the quarter-finals. Surely, Barcelona will be taking this match in a confident mood. During the last eight games in this year’s season, Real Sociedad have accomplished just one win. However, Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose might just help the team secure a victory being the club’s top goal-scorer.

LATEST NEWS

–          Inigo Martinez and Ruben Pardo are unavailable to play for Real Sociedad due to calf and ankle injury, respectively, while Alberto de La Bella and Geronimo Rulli are also doubtful.

–          Philippe Coutinho, Marc Cardona, and Francis Alcacer are unavailable for Barcelona according to manager Ernesto Valverde.

–          Barcelona is reportedly keen on signing Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal.

KEY PLAYERS

Real Sociedad

Adnan Januzaj plays as a Winger for both Real Sociedad and the Belgium national team. He showed stunning performance during the 2018 world cup, scoring the only goal in a match against England. He is lauded for being one of the best wingers in the La Liga.

Hector Moreno was a member of the Mexican Under-17 national team that won during the 2005 World Championship in Peru. Playing as the Central Defender for both Real Sociedad and the Mexican national team, he will play an integral part in the match against Barcelona.

Willian Jose plays for Real Sociedad and the Brazilian national team as a Striker. With his impressive skills in striking goals, his name has been making rounds in the football scene as several football clubs, took an interest in signing him.

FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi is an Argentinian player who plays Forward and captains both Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is considered as one of the greatest football players of all time, being La Liga’s top scorer. As of August 2018, he is the first ever player to score in 15 consecutive La Liga seasons.

Marc Andre-Ter Stegen plays as a goalkeeper for Barcelona and the German national team. He is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world of football. Among his notable plays was during last season’s Champion’s League against PSG, helping the team pull-off one of the greatest competitions in football history.

Gerard Pique plays as a Defender/Centre-back for Barcelona. He recently retired from the Spanish national team to focus more on the club. During his time in the national team, he accumulated a total of 102 caps, a career-best that corresponds with the most successful period in La Roja history.

PROBABLE STARTING XI

Real Sociedad: Moya, Llorente, Aritz Elustondo, Raul Navas, Alberto de la Bella, Illarramendi, Juanmi, Adnan Januzaj, Zurutuza, Mikel Oyarzabal, Willian Jose

Barcelona: Marc-Andre-Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Denis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Munir, Malcom

MATCH PREDICTION:

During their two previous meetings in the La Liga, Barcelona have emerged as the winners. Philippe  Coutinho secured the goals that claimed victory for the Barcas. However, with Coutinho unavailable for the upcoming match, Real Sociedad may have the advantage. As of now, the odds are greatly slanted in the favour of Barcelona.

MATCH BETTING ODDS:*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

 

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