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FC Barcelona will travel to San Sebastian this week, as it looks to cement its place in the top 4 in the La Liga 2021-22 season.
Its hosts for the match, Real Sociedad, have played well in the last few weeks, picking up points in each of its last 5 games. With 6 matches still to go, Real Sociedad is currently at the place on the points table with 55 points. It trails 5th placed Betis by 2 points, and Atletico, Sevilla, and Barcelona, all of whom are at 60 points, by 5 points.
If coach Imanol Alguacil manages to pick up maximum points from his next few games, he can get his club to a potential Champions League spot, and its best finish since 2013. Real Sociedad faced Real Betis in its last outing, and both the teams played out a goalless draw. Most football betting sites are predicting a similar result for this game too.
Barcelona was on a high since the start of the second half of this season, enjoying a 15-game lossless streak across competitions. However, they travel to Reale Arena on the back of two consecutive defeats. The first one was against Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals, which saw them getting knocked out of the competition.
The second one was even more shocking, as the club suffered a humiliating 1-0 loss against bottom rung team Cadiz. Barcelona is currently at the 2nd place in the points table, and until and unless there is a dramatic collapse from Real Madrid, has no hopes of making it to the top. However, a win in this game will help it create a distance between itself and the 3rd and 4th placed teams, which have exactly the same number of points.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Real Sociedad vs F. C. Barcelona La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Reale Arena, San Sebastian, on 21st April 2022.
In any other season, this fixture could have been a walk in the park for Barcelona. But given the tremendous pressure that the players are currently under, this game could go any way. Barcelona is facing a rare situation where it is likely to finish the season without any piece of silver. However, Xavi is unlikely to go down without a fight and will be rallying behind his players to collect maximum points from this game.
The hosts have a long list of absent players. Carlos Fernandez, Nacho Monreal, Ander Barrenetxea, and Mikel Oyarzabal are unlikely to feature in this game due to injuries, and David Silva will be serving his suspension.
The visitors are likely to miss out on Samuel Umtiti, Pedri, and Sergi Roberto, while Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, and Ronald Araujo are likely to make a comeback.
Given the low confidence of the visitors, Real Sociedad may well finish on an equal footing at the end of the game, especially because they enjoy home advantage. The odds on a draw make it attractive enough to bet on.
Bet on a draw.
7 of the last 8 games between the two teams have seen both the clubs score. Barcelona has conceded in each of its last 4 matches and is unlikely to stop real Sociedad, who have scored in 5 of their last 6 home games, from netting the ball. It looks like the probability of both teams getting on the board is quite high. Worth a punt!
Unlike the previous head-to-head encounters, which have seen some high-scoring games, this game will probably be a low-scoring one. The last 4 home games for Real Sociedad have seen less than 2.5 goals being scored, and 2 of the last 3 games for Barcelona have also been low-scoring ones, adding weight to our prediction.
This bet will also work as a hedge to our previous recommendation.