The visitors have a chance to stay atop of LaLiga with a positive result at Camp Nou, but the last time they avoided a loss here was in 1995! Check out our Barcelona vs Real Sociedad Preview for Wednesday’s tilt.
Barcelona Recent Form & Team News
Barcelona enter this match a relieved outfit, scraping a 1-0 win over Levante following their most humiliating LaLiga defeat this season at Cádiz. Eighth place after their first 11 matches is a poor return for Blaugrana but even so, two-thirds (six) of their nine LL victories attained since the start of July have seen them beat the -2 handicap.
Additionally, Barcelona have averaged an encouraging 3.50 goals per match across their last four home league victories, though they won both halves just once despite that impressive strike rate. Furthermore, Barcelona’s last 11 LL home matches to see both teams score (W7, D2, L2) have witnessed at least one half produce exactly two match goals.
Player to watch: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi recorded a first-half yellow card and a late winner (81’) from the spot in last season’s league H2H here.
Hot stat: Seven (35%) of Barcelona’s last 20 LaLiga home victories over Sociedad have seen them win both halves.
Ronald Koeman cannot count on Ousmane Dembele (muscle), Anssumane Fati (knee), Gerard Pique (knee), and Sergi Roberto (thigh).
Real Sociedad Recent Form & Team News
Real Sociedad are still unbeaten as travelers in all competitions this campaign (W5, D4). They conceded only twice before HT in that run, while scoring first in each win. The visitors have also kept clean sheets in four (66.67%) of their six away league matches this term, scoring five of their seven goals netted across three clean-sheet LaLiga away wins beyond the hour mark.
On paper, Sociedad will never have a better chance of putting Barcelona to the sword on Catalan turf in a league clash. The last time they did that was May 1991 (a 3-1 win). However, their LL away record vs Barcelona since reads: D1, L25 – including 22 straight defeats therein! Four (66.67%) of the last six games in that run saw one goalless half.
Player to watch: Hoping to upstage Messi, Portu has scored first in half of Sociedad’s last four LL away wins.
Imanol Alguacil will be without Jon Guridi (muscle), Asier Illarramendi (hip), and Miguel Angel Moya (knee). Luca Sangalli (knee), David Silva (muscle), and Alex Sola (knee) are also out.
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