Barcelona’s quest to retain their La Liga crown continues this weekend as they welcome Real Sociedad to the Nou Camp.
Quique Setien’s side dropped down to second last weekend after their Clasico defeat to Real Madrid, puting the title out of their hands for now — although there are still 12 games remaining.
The first of those is a tricky game at home to Real Sociedad, who will be buoyed by their recent progression to the Copa del Rey final. In the league, La Real are currently sixth and will be hoping to push for a Champions League spot, which isn’t out of their reach.
Can La Real edge closer or will Barcelona keep up with Madrid at the top of La Liga? Read on for our preview, prediction, team news and live stream information.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Key details, TV & live stream info
Competition: La Liga
Venue: Nou Camp
Date: Saturday, 19 August 2020
Kick-off: 5:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): LaLigaTV
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Last five meetings: Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
14 Dec 2019: Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona (La Liga)
20 Apr 2019: Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad (La Liga)
15 Sep 2018: Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona (La Liga)
20 May 2018: Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad (La Liga)
14 Jan 2018: Real Sociedad 2-4 Barcelona (La Liga)
Aggregate Score: Barcelona (DWWWW) 11-6 Real Sociedad (DLLLL)
Ones to watch
Barcelona: Frenkie de Jong
Although Frenkie de Jong has been a regular feature for Barcelona this season, the Dutchman is yet to truly replicate the form which persuaded the Catalan club to sign him from Ajax.
Former Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal recently stated the lack of high-level performances comes from De Jong being played out of position at Barcelona, with his natural role occupied by Sergio Busquets.
Against Real Madrid, De Jong was deployed as a more attacking midfielder on the left, with Busquets and Arthur the two men holding, but he did still manage to have a say on the game with only three players completing more passes than the Dutchman. But with Arthur injured, a change in formation is likely, which will see De Jong drop back, slightly closer to his preferred role where he will look to have more influence.
Key stat: Frenkie de Jong has completed 63.2 passes per 90 minutes in La Liga this season.
Real Sociedad: Adnan Januzaj
Although a lot of the focus on Real Sociedad this season has been surrounding Martin Odegaard, Adnan Januzaj has stepped up to the plate in recent weeks.
The former Manchester United winger has taken some time to find his feet after being thrust into the limelight at an early age, but now he looks comfortable as part of Real Sociedad’s team.
In their quest for a top-four finish, Januzaj has been key in the past two games, scoring in wins over Valencia and Real Valladolid, the latter of which was the sole goal. Having gone 14 league games without scoring, the Belgian will be hoping to make it three in a row against the toughest of opponents.
Key stat: Adnan Januzaj has scored in his past two La Liga games for Real Sociedad. He has never scored in three consecutive league games in his career.
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Barcelona were rocked by last weekend’s Clasico defeat but they have had a free week to prepare for their bounce back. During that same period, Real Sociedad have had to focus their energies on the Copa del Rey before a short turnaround between their semi-final win and a trip to Catalonia.
They may be buoyed by the victory, but this is a Barcelona side that will want to prove they are still in control of the title, setting them up for a win.