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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Sean Walsh
Barcelona are in dire form by their standards
Barcelona are in dire form by their standards / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Barcelona will look to arrest their recent slump in form when they travel to Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Xavi's men have just come through the week from hell, being humiliated at home by Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League before lowly Cadiz registered their first ever Camp Nou victory on Sunday.

What looked like a late La Liga title charge has faded away and focus returns to securing a place in next season's Champions League.

Barça face a Sociedad side who have managed to worm their way back into top-four contention and can move within two points of the Blaugrana with a win here.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of this one.

How to watch Real Sociedad vs Barcelona on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Thursday 21 April, 20:30 (BST)
Where is it being played? Reale Arena
TV channel? LaLigaTV, Premier Player (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? LaLiga Santander YouTube
Referee? Carlos Del Cerro Grande

Real Sociedad team news

Veteran midfielder David Silva will miss this monster clash through suspension after he was sent off in last week's draw with top-four rivals Real Betis.

Imanol Alguacil could welcome Ander Barrenetxea, Carlos Fernandez and Nacho Monreal back into the fold, though talisman Mikel Oyarzabal remains out with a cruciate ligament injury.

Barcelona team news

Gerard Pique is facing a race against time to prove his fitness for this one having missed the last three games with a groin injury.

Pedri remains sidelined with a hamstring problem picked up in last week's loss to Frankfurt, while Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto and Moussa Wague are also out.

Ansu Fati is in line to return at the weekend against Rayo Vallecano instead of here.

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona score prediction

Even the best of teams go through spells of bad form, and Xavi's new look Barcelona are no different.

The Blaugrana have looked like world beaters at times under the former midfielder and need to rediscover that form if they are to secure their spot in next season's Champions League, while finishing as runners-up would be a monumental achievement considering they were ninth when Xavi took over.

La Real's five-match unbeaten run has seen them open the door to the top-four race again, but they've largely struggled in big games this season and are likely to fall short again on Thursday.

Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-3 Barcelona