Barcelona and Real Sociedad meet on Wednesday night with a place in the Spanish Super Cup final on the line (9pm kick-off UK time).
The two sides meet at a neutral venue for the semi-finals, with 2019/20 La Liga runners-up Barcelona classified as the ‘away’ team, and 2019/20 Copa del Rey finalists Real Sociedad at ‘home’. The winners will face either Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s final.
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Scoreline prediction: Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona
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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
This year’s mini-tournament was initially scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia but will now take place on home soil, with the final set for the Estadio La Cartuja in Seville, the venue for the 2020 Copa del Rey final between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona enter this contest in a confident mood, winning each of their previous three outings and boasting a run of eight without defeat, with a 2-1 triumph over Wednesday’s opponents, Real Sociedad, among that hot streak.
After initially floundering in the Camp Nou dugout, Ronald Koeman has restored some semblance of consistency in Catalonia and will now be eyeing up a place in the final to inch closer to a first piece of silverware, albeit not one of the more revered ones in Spain.
As for Real Sociedad, Imanol Alguacil has struggled to recapture the Basque club’s early-season form, which had them very much in the title race conversation. However, talk of a push for La Liga supremacy now seems a tad premature, as Real Sociedad have won just once in their last 12 games across all competitions) Not ideal form.
- Real Sociedad (vs Sevilla): Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Sagnan, Munoz*; Guridi, Zubimendi, Merino; Portu, Oyarzabal, Isak.
- Barcelona (vs Granada): Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Messi, Griezmann.
David Silva has featured just three times in the last 12 games owing to a hamstring and muscle injury, and remains a doubt for this contest, as does Aritz Elustondo. Aihen Munoz picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at the weekend.
For Barcelona there could be a change in defence with Clement Lenglet back from his suspension, which kept him out of the Granada win, and Ronald Araujo returning from a hamstring tweak. The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati remain long-term absentees.
Players to watch:
- Real Sociedad: There is no question the Whites and Blues’ recent nosedive in form has coincided with the loss of David Silva, who brought a creative ingenuity to Alguacil’s side at the start of the campaign. With the playmaking grandmaster yet to fully recover and doubtful for this contest, Real Sociedad will need the creative juices to flow from other areas of the pitch, and one player who could provide that is Mikel Oyarzabal. The 23-year-old vice-captain is the club’s top goalscorer (seven goals) and top creator (five assists) this season in all competitions, and can bring that moment of magic to expose Barca. He missed the defeat to the Catalans last month, so will be relishing his first match against the heavyweights this campaign.
- Barcelona: Talk of discord has subdued at the Camp Nou with Koeman hitting the right notes over the past for weeks, and part of this upturn in fortunes has been the somewhat under-the-radar yet exceedingly competent showings of Ousmane Dembele. Having returned from another injury during the festive period, the Frenchman has featured in the previous four games, starting the last three, and has felt like a new signing for Koeman. At just 23, there is still plenty of time for Dembele to make his Barcelona stint a success, and if he can continue to devastate the wings as he has been in recent times (as well as staying injury free), then he could yet fill the still-noticeable void left by Neymar in 2017.
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