Preview - Barcelona vs Real Sociedad 21 May 2018

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Match Day 38
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Monday, May 21st, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches form: W W D W L
Average goals per match: 2.65
Average goals against per match: 0.78
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (34)

Real Sociedad:
Last five matches form: W L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.78
Average goals against per match: 1.57
Top Scorer: Willian José (15)

The dream of the invincible season may have been shot down in flames in a nine goal thriller at Levante of all places, but Barcelona have still enjoyed a stellar La Liga campaign whichever way you look at. On Match Day 38 they round off their 2017/18 campaign and say goodbye and thanks for the memories to the one and only Andres Iniesta.

The visitors are Real Sociedad who despite having little to play for have been playing some good stuff of late and seem likely to assist in this being an entertaining encounter.

Barcelona do have problems at the back ahead of this game. Thomas Vermaelen is definitely out whilst Samuel Umtiti is rated as doubtful. Sergi Roberto meanwhile is suspended.

Sociedad should be able to call upon a first choice starting eleven, with Imanol Agirretxe and Héctor Moreno the only injury concerns.

Barcelona may have lost their overall unbeaten record in La Liga last week, but they are still yet to taste defeat at the Camp Nou in La Liga this season.

I fancy there'll be goals in this one, with Real Sociedad having enough about them going forward to trouble a depleted Barcelona rear-guard. Whether they will be able to live with a rampaging Lionel Messi and co bidding to send Iniesta out on a high must be doubtful though and Barca should come out comfortably on top, with a repeat of the score-line from the clash between the two sides earlier in the season looking like a possibility.

Prediction: Barcelona 4 - 2 Real Sociedad


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  8 - 14
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 2
Possession: 51% - 49%

Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Ivan Rakitic were all booked for Barcelona. Real Sociedad's Raul Navas and Adnan Januzaj also had their names taken by referee Jose Munuera.

Barcelona once again prove themselves the dominant force on the domestic scene in Spain, winning the league by a resounding 14 points in the end.

Iniesta would no doubt have loved to sign off with a goal in what was a typically polished and classy display from Barca's number 8. He did come closest in the first half when firing into the side netting from range. 0-0 at the break though.

Just the one goal in the game, but it was a strike worthy of winning any match. Philippe Coutinho picking up the ball inside the Sociedad half, cutting first towards the left hand corner of the 18 yard box and then back inside to unleash a blistering curling strike in off the post near the top right hand corner. Sensational stuff.

Real Sociedad finish the season in 12th. It may have been a little overshadowed, but this game also marked the end for Sociedad's well respected and loyal Xabi Prieto who moves on to pastures new.

Really though this game was all about Barcelona saying goodbye to one of their all time great midfielders. Nine La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey's, seven Supercopa de España's, four Champions League victories, three Uefa Super Cup's, three Fifa Club World Cup's, two European Championship's and one World Cup, Andres Iniesta is one legend of the game who has certainly backed up his ability with medals. Barcelona fans will certainly miss him, but thankfully we still get to see him strut his stuff in this summer's World Cup.

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