Real Sociedad vs Barcelona - Free Betting Tips

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Real Sociedad return to the Anoeta for the first time this season after three away games to open the campaign. A nice and easy game against last season’s runaway champions Barcelona awaits them. Although it’s not a stadium where Blaugrana have a great record, Real Sociedad vs Barcelona betting tips will certainly favour the hosts to continue their 100% record in the league, albeit they might not repeat the margin in their last game, an 8-2 drilling of Huesca.

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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Best Odds

15. September 2018 | 15:15
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Barca win and Both Teams To Score
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Luis Suarez to score first
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Barcelona win 2-1
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While you’ll only find short odds on an away win here, you can get decent value if you back Barca to win, but both sides to score. Given that the champions conceded two goals against lowly Huesca, the 8/5 on offer from Betway might be worth a look. Making a first goalscorer bet, the temptation will always be to back Leo Messi – but it’s just as likely that his teammate Luis Suarez will break the deadlock, and at 7/2 (888sport) to do just that, he may offer the Real Sociedad vs Barcelona best odds of the weekend. If you’re looking for a longer odds punt, your best choice is to go for a correct score bet. Paddy Power will give you 13/2 on the visitors winning 2-1. That’s entirely possible considering the tough opposition they face here.

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Barca win and Both Teams To Score
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Barcelona win 2-1
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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Betting Tips: Form Guide

Sociedad Glad To Return Home

The redevelopment of the Anoeta Stadium was a step considered to be long overdue by many Erreala supporters, but the fact that they had to wait until mid-September for completion meant that they played their first three games away from home and the results were mixed. An opening day jaunt to Villarreal went very well indeed, with Asier Garitano’s side picking up an unexpected 2-1 win. After falling behind on 16 minutes, Real equalised through Willian Jose on 40 minutes. Substitute Juanmi, introduced after 68 minutes, then scored the winner for the visiting side on 71, getting booked four minutes later to complete a very busy cameo appearance.

Since then, however, Sociedad have found it harder against arguably weaker opposition. The second game of their three-match away stint took them to Leganes, a winnable fixture. Indeed, they should have won it having gone 2-0 ahead within the first 17 minutes through Zurutuza and Illaramendi. However, home winger Nabil El Zhar threw a spanner in the works, scoring twice in the second half – the equaliser coming on 88 minutes – to ensure a share of the points. Last time out, against an Eibar side under pressure to repeat last season’s heroics in La Liga, Sociedad again threw away a lead in a game which ended 2-1 to their (until then point-less) fellow Basques.

With the toughest of all opposition to mark the opening of the renovated Anoeta, Real Sociedad vs Barcelona betting tips for today will not be able to ignore Real’s habit of finishing games poorly. If they don’t focus for the full 90 minutes here, they’ll be eviscerated by the first top-class team they’ve played this season.

Business As Usual For Barca

The trouble with winning the league at a canter one season is that it leaves precious little room for improvement the next. How do you follow a season like last year’s, when Ernesto Valverde’s men had the title wrapped up well before the season’s end? Well, given that they lost one game (5-4 at Levante, of all places), there’s one way they can improve. That said, even with three wins from three, Barcelona have attracted few superlatives this season. Even an 8-2 win against newcomers Huesca was greeted with relative disinterest by much of the press.

It’s fair to say that Barca have not faced the best of La Liga up to now (not that they’ll be doing so this afternoon), but a tally of twelve goals in three games still isn’t bad. They opened their campaign with a functional 3-0 thumping of Alaves, although it did take until the 64th minute to open the scoring (Leo Messi getting his first of two on the night). They followed this up by picking up a narrow victory on the road at Valladolid. A sole Ousmane Dembele goal just before the hour mark was enough to take the three points, but did little to enthral the cynics.

Then, of course, came the hazing of La Liga new boys Huesca. The visitors actually took the lead with a third-minute strike, which was equalised by Messi on the quarter-hour. An own-goal from Pulido then put the hosts ahead, and both sides notched once more in the five minutes before half-time. 3-2 at the break, but then Barcelona released the handbrake and scored five unanswered second-half goals to really run up the score. A note for any Real Sociedad vs Barcelona match previews for this weekend? Don’t score early against this side – it merely angers them.

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The Last Five Games

Real Sociedad VS. Barcelona

  • Real Sociedad Form1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Real Sociedad Goals6 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Barcelona Form5 wins in the last 5 matches
  • Barcelona Goals16 goals in the last 5 matches
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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Preview: Recent Meetings

The sides previously met on the final day of last season, a game which had little consequence with the title already in the Nou Camp trophy cabinet – although it was Andres Iniesta’s last game in a Barca shirt. With Leo Messi starting on the bench, the job of scoring the game’s only goal ended up falling to Philippe Coutinho, who rifled home a shot on 57 minutes to win yet another match for the champions.

The previous meeting – at the Anoeta, just like this one – started well for Sociedad, who were 2-0 up after 34 minutes through Willian Jose and Juanmi. It ended considerably less well for the hosts. Paulinho narrowed the margin on 39 minutes, and the second half saw two goals from Suarez, and a coup de grace from Messi, as the Catalan side ran out 4-2 winners.

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction: Routine Away Win

Real Sociedad will be happy to get back to their home ground, but probably less than delighted that their first game on the new Anoeta pitch brings them into contact for a Barcelona side for whom an average of four goals a game is just “business as usual”. One nugget of comfort for the home fans may be Barcelona’s past record on this ground – until last season, the Catalans hadn’t won a league game in San Sebastian since 2007. However, the most recent game at this venue did end in a relatively comfortable win for Valverde’s side. There is really no reason, particularly based on the three games each side has played this season, to expect they won’t win again.

Our Real Sociedad vs Barcelona prediction for this game is a fairly routine away win. Barcelona have rarely got out of first gear this season and are still at 100%, a status which only they and Real Madrid can claim at this moment. As such, we don’t expect Sociedad to have what it takes to live with the champions here. They may grab a goal – after all, they’ve led in every game they have played this season – but as Huesca found out to their cost, leading against Barcelona definitely doesn’t mean winning against them.

Thanks for reading this match preview. Please do keep coming back to Betting.org for more previews and tips as the season continues. We’ll bring you all the information you need to make sure your bets are the best they can be. Good luck!

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