Barcelona, currently second at the table, come to this clash after a 2-0 El Clasico loss. Real Sociedad are enjoying a relatively better spell with four wins out of five games played. The Basque side are currently placed sixth in the Liga table.
Amidst the tensions between Eder Sarabia and squad, FC Barcelona will miss Arthur Melo, who has sustained an ankle injury. Riqui Puig,meanwhile, makes it to Quique Setien’s squad for the fixture. Alex Collado makes it to the squad once more, as Setien has only 15 first team members to choose from.
As usual, ter Stegen will keep the nets for FC Barcelona, with Alba, Lenglet, Pique and Semedo making the four man defence. Considering the availability of players, Barca might opt for a four man midfield yet again or play a 4-3-3 with Martin Brathwaite playing as the striker. Sergio Busquets and Frenkie De Jong will start, and one among Vidal, Rakitic and Puig will occupy the third slot. Messi and Griezmann are set to start as expected.
The #BarçaRealSociedad Squad
1. ter Stegen
2. N. Semedo
4. I. Rakitic
18. Jordi Alba
21. F. de Jong
28. Riqui Puig
31. Ansu Fati#ForçaBarça
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Real Sociedad will come to the Camp Nou with three main players that will be crucial if they are to defeat Barcelona. Martin Odegaard has been on fine form lately and has assisted five already. Mikel Oyarzabal is undisputedly one of the best wingers in the league and will look to cause problems for Barca’s sloppy wide coverage. Finally, Alexander Isak will be a key to put Barca down with his form this season. Overall, Real Sociedad are in the fine form to come into this fixture.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Fati
Sociedad (4-1-4-1): Remiro; Zaldúa, Elustondo, Le Normand, Muñoz; Zubeldía; Portu, Odegaard, Merino, Oyarzabal; Isak
Let’s hope we get over that late Mariano strike with a victory. VISCA EL BARCA!