Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(68) 45 Goals 77 (112)
(44) 31 Assists 66 (91)
(6.8) 7 Average Ratings 7.3 (7)
26.5 Average Age 28.7
181.9 Average Height (cm) 175.8
(1) 1.2 Shots pg 1.2 (0.9)
(51%) 53% Aerial Duel Success 47% (48%)
(0.6) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.9 (1.1)
(1.8) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Markel Bergara Out 6.85
Liassine Cadamuro Out 6.63
Player Reason Status Rating
Marc Muniesa Out N/A
Isaac Cuenca Out N/A
Sergi Roberto Out 6.32
David Villa Doubtful 6.76

Team News

  • Real Sociedad could only muster a 1-1 draw at home to bottom of the table Deportivo la Coruna last weekend but will be boosted by the return of their first-choice centre-back pairing for the visit of Barcelona.
  • Both Mikel Gonzalez and Iñigo Martínez were suspended last time out, as was Dani Estrada, but Carlos Martinez is expected to keep his place at right-back.
  • Diego Ifran could also come back into the side should Philippe Montanier look for more movement up front than the more direct option of Imanol Agirretxe.
  • Barcelona continued their domination of the league by rounding off the first-half of the season with their 18th victory from 19 games away at Malaga last weekend.
  • Lionel Messi was on target once more to take his scoring streak in the league to nine games and he will lead the line once more despite being one of the few first-choice players that Tito Vilanova didn't rest for the Copa del Rey clash against the same opponents in midweek.
  • Victor Valdes, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Cesc Fabregas and Pedro should all come back in, but David Villa looks set to miss out on a third straight game with a muscular problem.

Prediction

  • Sociedad have only lost once in their last nine games and should be a side pushing for Europe come the end of the season, but defensively they are unlikely to be able to cope with Barca's firepower.
  • Messi and Andres Iniesta apart, Barca's stars haven't been overworked this week and Tito Vilanova will be keen to have the game wrapped up as quickly as possible to then concentrate on a crucial Copa del Rey quarter-final second-leg against Malaga next Thursday.
  • Sociedad did manage to come from 2-0 down to claim a 2-2 draw in this fixture last season and most certainly have the quality going forward to score so a bet on both teams to score is a good shout.
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Comments (13)

 
  • Gave not give, my english wasn't perfect and i'm in hurry ;d

  • Mascherano 6.8... After 3 minutes on the pitch, he give goal Sociedad, and with his poor marking makes third goal easy.

  • It's unfortunate but down to 10 men doesnt mean sociedad should beat Barca... Arriba por favor !!

  • embarrassing

  • Sociedad showing teeth yet again. What an effort.

  • Heck yeah.. haha. I predicted this.. It actually happened.

  • wow

  • vamooooooooooooos Sociedad!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Castro ftw!

  • pasukan barca korea

  • BACK TO BARCELONA.

  • agree with ws prediction -> 1-3

  • Madrid would probably complain saying there are others that have a say in the match schedule if they had to play on Saturday night after playing on Wednesday. I remember a certain Moroninho saying smth similar.