Barcelona succumbed to a damaging El Clasico defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu last weekend with goals from Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz condemning the champions to their fifth defeat of the domestic campaign.
Quique Setien’s men are left playing catch-up once again in their quest to land a third consecutive La Liga title. Real Madrid have now forged into a slender one-point lead at the top of the table.
While Barca’s away form has been less than stellar, their form at Camp Nou has been near-perfect. They have won 12 and drawn one of their 13 home matches this term and are now unbeaten in 25 home La Liga games, winning 23.
Real Sociedad are a side in form, notching nine wins from their last ten matches in all competitions. But it remains to be seen how Sociedad will muster a surprise win at the grounds where they have not picked a single point in 25 years.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 25 home La Liga matches, winning 23 and drawing two.
The Catalan giants have recorded 23 consecutive home victories against Real Sociedad. Txuri-urdinak last avoided defeat at Camp Nou in the 1994/95 season.
While Real Sociedad have racked up nine wins from their last ten games in all competitions, they have lost their previous two away fixtures in La Liga and five from 12 on the road this term.
Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings between the sides.
It is highly impossible to oppose a Barca team that is invincible in front of their fans, but Sociedad’s excellent form shows they can rattle the hosts’ defence at some point in the tie.
Tip: Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals
Tip: Barcelona to win and both teams to score