Barcelona Vs Real Sociedad LaLiga 20 April Preview
Barcelona continue their charge towards the Laliga title when they take on Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou on Saturday Night. The Blaugranas are nine points above second-placed Atletico Madrid and look to be running away with the title.
The Catalans are in the semifinals of the Champions League courtesy of a brace from their talisman, Lionel Messi and another from Phillipe Coutinho in their second leg encounter with Manchester United.
Barcelona are also in the finals of the Copa del Rey and are very much on course for a treble this campaign. They have been incredible this term winning 12 of their 16 home league games with the presence of Lionel Messi covering up for their flaws.
That said, they will be playing against Sociedad, Alaves and Levante before their last-four encounter with Liverpool and may likely make wholesale changes to the setup of the team.
The goalless draw against Huesca came after Valverde made 10 changes to the team. Nonetheless, Barcelona will be looking to avoid any slip-ups or blow to their treble dreams.
Recent form: W W W D W D
Sociedad currently occupy 10th position on the log, five points off seventh-place with 41 points. 10 wins, 11 draws and 11 defeats is how they have fared this term albeit being inconsistent for most parts of the season.
That said, they have only lost one of their last five league games. Although it was going to be a big question to ask of the Basque outfit to return to winning ways against the Blaugranas considering that they have lost their last four games against the Catalan outfit.
Nonetheless, they would be willing to take Barcelona by surprise and find sneak their way into seventh place before the end of the season.
Recent form: L D D W L D
Rafinha and Vermaelen remain the only absentees for Barcelona while Real Sociedad will be without the services of Willian Jose who is suspended for the game.
Possible Starting Line-Up
Ter Stegen; Alba, Pique, Umtiti, Semedo; Arthur, Vidal, Alena; Messi, Suarez, Dembele
Rulli; Munoz, Llorente, Aritz, Zaldua; Merino, Zubeldia; Ramirez, Sangalli, Oyarzabal; Juanmi