Real Sociedad will take on Barcelona in San Sebastian on Thursday evening on 21 April in round 33 of the Spanish Primera Division. The Catalans have stagnated in recent matches, can Xavi’s men recover from two setbacks? Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be viewed at 1xbet.
Imanol Alguacil’s side sit in sixth place in the national championship with 55 points from 32 games. There have been 32 goals scored and 30 conceded. The home side were already top of the table in the autumn, but then slowed down. In the last five rounds, the team have won three and drawn twice. San Sebastian dropped out of the Europa League, losing on aggregate against Leipzig in 1/16 and now focus their energies on the Primera Division. In the last matchday, the Bianconeri played out a goalless tie against Betis at home (1.0-0), which was a dull game without a lot of scoring chances.
The team’s top scorer is Spanish winger Mikel Oyarzabal (9 goals), but he picked up an injury a few weeks ago. Aside from him, the injured defender Nacho Monreal and midfielder Ander Barrenechea are also out injured. David Silva, the team’s leading attacking midfielder, is suspended.
The results of the club have improved considerably after the appointment of Xavi as head coach: the team climbed to second place in the Primera with 60 points after 31 rounds played (and a match in reserve). They have scored 60 goals and conceded 32. Until last Thursday, the Catalan club had not lost 15 games ago – an incredible streak that was hard to imagine back in the autumn. However, the Bianconeri surprised their fans by crashing out of the Europa League quarter-finals. After the away draw with Eintracht, the team lost on home soil 2-3, with the hosts losing 0-3 in the process.
Last Monday, however, the visitors sensationally lost at the Camp Nou against a modest side, Cadiz (0-1) (2,sp). Possibly the team suffered a major setback after an exhausting schedule. Backs Sergio Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique, midfielder Pedri and young forward Ansu Fathi are all out injured.
The teams have already met in the first round of the current national championship, and that time the Catalans took the lead with a score of 4-2. By the way, the San Sebastian side won their last encounter 16 games ago.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
The hosts are fighting for the Eurocup six and expect to overtake fifth-placed Betis, who lost to Elche the day before. Alguacil’s side are very reliable in defence (only Real Madrid have conceded less), but they have been hard-pressed in attack as well. “Barça, on the other hand, are not in the best of form at the moment, so don’t expect too many goals. Our prediction is goal total less than 3.