Preview - Real Sociedad vs Barcelona 15 September 18

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Match Day 4
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
23:15am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anoeta

Real Sociedad:   
Last five matches form: L D W D L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.74
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.55
Top Scorer 17/18: Willian José (15)

Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.61
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.76
Top Scorer 17/18: Lionel Messi (34)

It's been a perfect start for Barcelona in La Liga; three games and three wins, with the defending champions heading into this game on the back of and 8-2 annihilation of minnows Huesca in their last game. Lying in wait at the Anoeta are Real Sociedad.

It's been a mixed start for Sociedad so far, picking up a good win at Villarreal in their opener before drawing with Leganés and losing to Eibar.

Barcelona won both games between the sides last season, winning 1-0 at home and 4-2 here.

Sociedad weren't bad at home last term, but did lose six times and will be looking to improve this season in an effort to better their 12th placed finish.

Barcelona were solid on the road last season, winning 13 of 19 and losing just once.

Adnan Janusaj, Martín Merquelanz, Diego Llorente and Sandro Ramirez all miss out for the home side. Barcelona look to have a fully fit squad from which to select, with the only slight doubt surrounding Sergi Samper.

Real Sociedad have been active during the international break, playing friendlies in an effort to build more cohesion in their side. They face the ultimate test here though. Even at full strength they would be unlikely to derail Barca. Those injuries tilt the balance firmly in favour of the visitors.

Prediction: Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  7 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 1 - 6
Possession: 34% - 66%

Just the one booking for each side in this one. Referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande taking the names of Sociedad's Illaramendi and Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti.

Real Sociedad put up a decent performance here against the La Liga champions. Barcelona didn't quite turn their inevitable dominance of possession into clear cut opportunities to the degree they usually do, and the home side did at least give themselves a chance of hanging on for something when taking an early lead.

That opening goal came in the 12th minute. A ball into the area being headed down by Hector Moreno and dropping into the path of Aritz Elustondo around 10 yards out to the left-hand side. Snap volley from Elustondo to beat Marc-Andre Ter Stegen at his near post. And as much as Barcelona dominated, this was a lead the home side were able to maintain into half time.

Barcelona were looking unusually vulnerable in the second half and twice had Ter Stegen to thank for keeping the deficit at just the one. The keeper coming out on top in two one on one confrontations.

After 63 minutes Barcelona were back on level terms. Luis Suarez is a man who knows how to be in the right place at the right time in a goalmouth scramble and following a bout of head tennis in the area it was he who was on hand to volley home from point blank range.

Barcelona grabbed their winner just three minutes later through another scruffy goal. A corner being headed clear to the edge of the area and Ousmane Dembele scuffing a low shot into the ground which eventually made its way in via not one but two deflections. 1-2 final score.

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