FC Barcelona will be hosting Real Sociedad at Camp Nou for their La Liga opener on 15th August. It is the first time the Catalans are stepping into a new season without Lionel Messi in their squad. The club lost their legend to PSG after failing to sign a new contract due to the La Liga salary cap imposed on them.
Barcelona finished 3rd last season in the La Liga losing the top two spots to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. However, they managed to lift the Copa Del Ray last season against Athletic Bilbao. Whereas Real Sociedad finished 5th in the La Liga table and secured a Europa League spot for the next season.
Both teams have a number of quality players who are ready to showcase their talent this season. And both the teams will be eagerly waiting to face off each other and get a win to have a perfect start of the season this year. Following this let’s look into the match preview, team news, and predicted line-ups and score of Barcelona vs Real Sociedad.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Match Preview
Barcelona had a good pre-season as they won three matches and loosed one to RB Salzburg. However, the Catalans defeated Juventus 3-0 at home while lifting the Joan Gamper Trophy in their pre-season.
The club has also made some great introductions to the team with the likes of Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, Emerson Royal, and Sergio Aguero. But they lost their legend, Lionel Messi, this summer due to contract issues.
Real Sociedad had a decent pre-season as they won three matches while playing five matches in total. The club also had a quiet transfer window as they bought only Diego Rico and Mathew Ryan this summer. However, they have kept hold of their star players in total who are enough to have fight for the top four spots.
The match will be interesting to see as Barcelona are unbeaten to Sociedad in the last 10 league matches. While Sociedad are unbeaten in their last four opening matches in La Liga over the years.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Team News and Injury
The Catalans have a good number of players missing the opening league due to injury. The list includes Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele, Marc ter-Stegen, Oscar Mingueza and Ansu Fati. While Ronald Koeman also has a doubtful list of Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong.
Injured: Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele, Marc ter-Stegen, Oscar Mingueza, Ansu Fati
Doubtful: Clement Lenglet, Frenkie de Jong
Real Sociedad have no reported injury in their squad for their opening league match. However, the team has three doubtful players Nacho Monreal, Carlos Fernandez, and Mathew Ryan on their list.
Doubtful: Nacho Monreal, Carlos Fernandez, Ryan
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Predicted Line-ups and Score
Barcelona Predicted XI(4-3-3): Neto; Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Araujo, Alba; Sergio Busquets, Pedri. Ruig Puig; Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite, Antonio Griezmann.
Real Sociedad Predicted XI(4-2-3-1): Alex Remiro; Andoni Gorosabel, Artiz Elustondo, Robin Le Normand, Josep Zaldua; Martin Zubimendi, Mikel Merino; Portu, David Silva, Mikel Oyarzabal; Alexander Isak.
Barcelona 2-2 Real Sociedad
Both the teams are dangerous to play against in the opening weekend as they both have some quality players in their bag. Despite having Depay and Griezmann at the upfront Barcelona needs to keep an on the youngster Isak. Following these high-power teams, it seems the match will end as a draw with both teams scoring two goals.
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