Real Sociedad host Barcelona on Saturday, kicking off at 16:15 local time. Real Sociedad’s and Barcelona’s rivals, Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid, will meet later on in the day, and from Barcelona’s point of view, it gives them the chance to play first, maintain their 100% record and put some pressure on Real Madrid.

Home Team: Real Sociedad

real sociedad betting.footballReal Sociedad this week are given the hugely sizeable task of trying to stop Messi and co, as they will need to spark up their somewhat mediocre performances so far in the season. After a 12th place finish last season, fans had hoped they would look to kick on from that.

With an opening day victory at Villareal, it had looked promising, but a disappointing 2-2 draw at Leganes followed by a defeat at Eibar has hardly given the fans more optimism when the club returned following the international break. Due to stadium works, their opening three fixtures have been away this season, so the fans will be treated to finally see their team for the first time since May, and to top it off, they welcome a Barcelona side full of stars. I will not want to be too hospitable though, and history suggests that they can cause them problems.

Away Team: Barcelona

Barcelona have started the season as many would have expected – in rampant and emphatic style. Their last fixture saw them embarrass Huesca, with a 8-2 mauling at the Camp Nou, and that followed two routine victories to put them on the top of the table, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.

Messi has already scored four goals in those three games, with Coutinho, Dembele, and Suarez all contributing to the 12 goals they have scored so far in the league this season. Barcelona are also looking defensively assured, despite two lapses against Huesca in their last fixture, but considering they scored eight – they can perhaps be forgiven.

Head to Head

la liga betting.footballA trip to the Anoeta Stadium for Barcelona has been far from a routine away victory in recent years. In fact, if there was ever a bogey ground for Barcelona – this is it. Okay, they may have overcome a curse last season, winning 4-2 in this respective fixture, but before that, Real Sociedad had won 5 out of the previous seven fixtures, drawing the other two.

Barcelona’s last success, ignoring last season’s, at Real Sociedad was back in 2007. Even Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona couldn’t get a victory there, and even more staggering, is that David Moyes had managed a Sociedad side to beat Barcelona back in 2015. Barcelona always seem to win the reverse fixture, but achieving the double over Real Sociedad has rarely happened since the turn of the millennium.

Predictions and Betting Tips Real Sociedad vs Barcelona

So, despite it being a huge bogey ground for Barcelona, they are strong favourites at 4/9 to win this fixture, with Real Sociedad at 5/1 to win at home. A draw is at 19/5.

Betting on a result that will give you a Real Sociedad win are very generous at 25/1 for a home 1-0 win, 40/1 for a 2-0 win and 18/1 for a 2-1 win. History would suggest that those are fantastic and ample odds, but recent form, and the sheer fact its Barcelona, would suggest that the safer options are for an away win.

A 2-1 away win is the most likely score-line at 15/2. Barcelona have scored an average of four goals a game, and for them to score 4+ (as they did in this fixture last season too), would be at 3/1.

I think Barcelona will think that last years win at the Anoeta Stadium has lifted the ‘curse’ and hope that they win again, so I expect that to happen with both teams scoring – which you can find at around 10/11.

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