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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Anoeta

Date: 14th January 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Barcelona will not have looked forward to this fixture when the list was released at the start of the season as this venue is one of the toughest grounds for them in the whole of Spain.

Barcelona have not won a league game at Sociedad in almost a decade and that should give the host confidence ahead of this game.

Sociedad are currently 12th in the league table and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by third tier opponents so there isn’t much for their fans to cheer about at the moment.

That being said, they always have a reason to be happy when Barcelona enter town and they come into this game after winning over Sevilla 3-1 before the break so they should be reasonably optimist here.

Barcelona made a walk over Celta Vigo in their last game – a match that many expected to be a tough encounter for them was already over after 32 minutes as the Catalans ran into a 4-0 lead.

Coach Ernesto Valverde removed Gerard Pique at the break and took out Lionel Messi and Iniesta early on in the second half to keep them fresh ahead of this game.

Barcelona currently have a 9 point advantage over Atletico Madrid in the league table but they cannot afford to lose points here as that would allow Atletico close in as the Madrid side play their next three games at home.

Barcelona have lost 3 of their last 4 visits to this ground.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Real Sociedad

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Leganes 1-0 Real Sociedad 7 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Real Sociedad 3-1 Sevilla FC 20 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Sociedad 16 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Real Sociedad 0-2 Málaga 10 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Real Sociedad 1-3 Zenit St Petersburg 7 Dec, 2017 UEFA Europa League

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Barcelona 3-0 Levante 7 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Celta Vigo 1-1 Barcelona 4 Jan, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona 23 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo La Coruña 17 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona 10 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Barcelona 3-2 Real Sociedad 15 Apr, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 5-2 Real Sociedad 26 Jan, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
Real Sociedad 0-1 Barcelona 19 Jan, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona 27 Nov, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona 9 Apr, 2016 Spanish Primera División

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

January 22, 2018
Eibar 21:00 Málaga
January 26, 2018
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Eibar
January 27, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 13:00 Levante
Valencia 16:15 Real Madrid
Málaga 18:30 Girona
Villarreal 20:45 Real Sociedad
January 28, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Espanyol
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Las Palmas
Sevilla 18:30 Getafe
Barcelona 20:45 Deportivo Alavés
January 29, 2018
Celta de Vigo 21:00 Real Betis
February 2, 2018
Real Sociedad 21:00 Deportivo De La Coruña
February 3, 2018
Eibar 13:00 Sevilla
Real Betis 16:15 Villarreal
Deportivo Alavés 18:30 Celta de Vigo
Levante 20:45 Real Madrid
February 4, 2018
Getafe 12:00 Leganés
Espanyol 16:15 Barcelona
Girona 18:30 Athletic Bilbao
Atlético de Madrid 20:45 Valencia

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 20 17 3 0 57 9 +48 54
2 Atlético de Madrid 20 12 7 1 29 9 +20 43
3 Valencia 20 12 4 4 41 21 +20 40
4 Real Madrid 19 10 5 4 39 18 +21 35
5 Villarreal 20 10 4 6 28 22 +6 34
6 Sevilla 20 10 2 8 26 28 -2 32
7 Celta de Vigo 20 8 4 8 35 28 +7 28
8 Getafe 20 7 6 7 25 20 +5 27
9 Girona 20 7 6 7 29 29 +0 27
10 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 -7 27
11 Real Betis 20 8 3 9 33 41 -8 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 20 6 8 6 23 22 +1 26
13 Leganés 19 7 4 8 17 19 -2 25
14 Espanyol 20 6 6 8 16 25 -9 24
15 Real Sociedad 20 6 5 9 34 36 -2 23
16 Deportivo Alavés 20 6 1 13 16 29 -13 19
17 Levante 20 3 9 8 16 28 -12 18
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 20 4 4 12 22 44 -22 16
19 Las Palmas 20 4 2 14 16 47 -31 14
20 Málaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 -20 11

Spanish Primera Results

January 21, 2018
Real Betis 0 - 5 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Celta de Vigo
Real Madrid 7 - 1 Deportivo De La Coruña
Deportivo Alavés 2 - 2 Leganés
January 20, 2018
Las Palmas 2 - 1 Valencia
Villarreal 2 - 1 Levante
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 1 Girona
Espanyol 0 - 3 Sevilla
January 19, 2018
Getafe 2 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
January 15, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 2 Leganés
January 14, 2018
Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona
Espanyol 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Sevilla
Levante 0 - 1 Celta de Vigo
January 13, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 1 - 2 Valencia
Eibar 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 6 - 0 Las Palmas
January 12, 2018
Getafe 1 - 0 Málaga
January 8, 2018
Málaga 0 - 1 Espanyol

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