Barcelona welcome Real Sociedad to the Camp Nou as they edge closer towards a second successive La Liga title.
The Catalans dumped Manchester United out of the Champions League on Tuesday night, as a brace from Lionel Messi and a second-half strike from Philippe Coutinho secured a 4-0 aggregate victory. They were held to a dismal 0-0 by Huesca in the league last weekend having rested a host of first choice players, though the preceding defeat of rivals Atletico Madrid all but sealed their Spanish crown.
Sociedad also drew their last fixture, a late effort from Eibar's Joan
Where to Watch
|When is Kick Off?||Saturday 20 April|
|What Time is Kick Off?||19:45 (BST)|
|Where is it Played?||Camp Nou|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||ITV 4|
|Referee?||Jesús Gil Manzano|Team News
Midfield duo Asier Illarramendi and David Zurutuza both have hamstring issues, whilst defenders Andoni Gorosabel and Kévin Rodrigues have a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle, respectively.
|Barcelona||Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Vidal, Rakitić, Arthur; Dembélé, Messi, Suárez.|
|Real Sociedad||Rulli; Zaldúa, Elustondo, Llorente, Muñoz; Zubeldia, Merino, Muguruza, Sangalli, Oyarzabal; Juanmi.|Head to Head Record
Barça overturned a half-time deficit to take all three points in the first meeting between these two sides back in September.
The home side were equally incompetent in their attempts to get rid of the danger at consecutive corners, Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé
That was the fourth straight win for Valverde's men in this fixture, the side from the Basque country last defeating the Catalans over three years ago.
Barcelona have fared significantly better in past match-ups, emerging triumphant on 18 occasions. They have lost a mere five times, also drawing four.
Sociedad have only been beaten once in their previous five fixtures, with lowly Celta Vigo claiming a 3-1 win following striker
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Argentine maestro Messi has been scintillating in recent weeks, his double against the Red Devils taking his season's goal tally to a remarkable 45. He has scored eight in his last five La Liga appearances, with a sumptuous hat-trick at Betis showcasing his talent.
Here's how the two teams got on in their previous five games:
|Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United (16/4)||Real Sociedad 1-1 Eibar (14/4)|
|Huesca 0-0 Barcelona (13/4)||Celta Vigo 3-1 Real Sociedad (07/4)|
|Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona (10/4)||Real Sociedad 2-1 Real Betis (04/4)|
|Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid (06/4)||Valladolid 1-1 Real Sociedad (31/3)|
|Villarreal 4-4 Barcelona (02/4)||Real Sociedad 1-1 Levante (15/3)|Prediction
Despite drawing two of their last three in the league,
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The diminutive wizard has hit a purple patch in recent weeks, now looking capable of winning games single-handedly. Sociedad will be dreading the prospect of facing him after their in
Prediction: Barcelona 4-1 Real Sociedad