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Barcelona will be searching for its first win of the season when it visits San Sebastian this Sunday to play its first away game of the ongoing season of La Liga.
Real Sociedad has matured well under the mentorship of Imanol Alguacil, finishing in the top half of the table in each of the last 4 seasons. In fact, Sociedad finished 6th in the previous season, earning its 3rd consecutive spot in the Europa League. The next step will naturally be to aim for a top 4 finish, and the club has already taken the first steps towards it, registering a win in its opening match against Cadiz.
Takefusa Kubo scored the only goal of the match and gave his club 3 important points. Sociedad lost both its fixtures against the Catalonian club the last season and will be looking to avenge here with a thumping win.
All the off-field drama surrounding the contracts of its recently signed players seems to have had an impact on Barcelona’s on-field season. After suffering one of the worst starts in the previous season, Barcelona was again seen struggling in the opening game of this season and was held to a goalless draw by Rayo Vallecano.
While the management was able to scramble through a deal for Lewandowski and Raphinha at the very last moment, allowing them to play against Vallecano, Kounde is likely to be kept waiting for a second week running, as the management sorts out an organizational mess.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Real Sociedad vs Barcelona F. C. La Liga 2022-23. The match is going to be played at Estadio de Anoeta, San Sebastian, on 21st August 2022.
Real Sociedad has to deal with a long list of injuries in this match. Carlos Hernandez, Alex Sola, Mikel Oyarzabal, Diego Rico and Martin Merquelanz are likely to watch the game from the side-lines. David Silva and Aihen Munoz will have to play a key role if the hosts want to win this one.
Meanwhile, the visitors will be traveling without Sergio Busquets, who picked up two fouls last week and will be serving a suspension. Ferran Torres is still struggling with his foot injury and is unlikely to feature in this game. Both Gavi and Eric Garcia could be benched for their ordinary performances. Xavi will be hoping that his star signings, Lewandowski and Raphinha are now well settled in the team, and will provide them with a good start.
While Barcelona has enjoyed the upper hand in the recent head-to-head encounters, a resurgent Sociedad is likely to hold the fort at home
Bet on a draw.
Barcelona is goalless in each of its last 3 top-flight matches. With completely new faces manning the forward line, it may take time before they come together as a goal-scoring unit. Also, Sociedad has averaged just over 1 goal during the 90 minutes in the last season. We are therefore expecting a low-scoring encounter.
6 of the last 8 head to head encounters between the two clubs in the top flight have seen goals scored at both ends. 4 of the last 6 top-flight matches involving Sociedad and 3 of the last 6 such games for Barcelona too have seen a similar outcome. Barcelona’s new signings, particularly Lewandowski, will be eager to break the Catalan club’s goalless streak, and we are therefore backing a BTTS bet.