Camp Nou will host today at 19:00 one of the most unbalanced duels this weekend, at least at odds. It’s Barcelona vs. Sociedad match of the 36th round. The boat is riding high, coming after four successes in a row in the championship, plus a clear victory achieved at the middle of this week against Bayern all at home, 3-0, is a step in the Champions League final. The Catalans lead hostilities and international competition, being the first in La Liga, with 87 points, two ahead of Real Madrid with three rounds to play. Also, Messi & co have and the best goal difference in Spain, 105-19.
Barcelona recorded 15 wins at home in 17 matches.
The Catalans have scored an average of three goals per game in front of their supporters.
32 of the last 38 home matches played, Barca gave scores over 2.5.
Luis Enrique enjoy the whole lot at the moment and there is no player unavailable. Mathieu is not 100% recovered after the injury, but may be on the bench, but still would not be an absence of mark. Iniesta could be rested and Rafinha begin holder.
Probable team Barcelona (4-3-3): Bravo – Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Rafinha – Messi, Suarez, Pedro.
On the other side of the barricade was Real Sociedad team that does not cross the best time of the season, but neither can complain. The Basques are in mid-table, ranked 11th with 43 points in their own right and with a goal difference of 40-44. The team did not hope for a European Cup place and emotions versus the downgrade does not have, being able to May pice maximum two positions in the standings, realistically. The strength of the side is the home matches, while team on foreign land did was shameful even being among codasele in Spain.
Sociedad managed one win in 17 trips, the team with the lowest number of successes on foreign land.
The Basques have scored only 11 times away, instead receiving 26 goals.
David Zurutuza is injured and will not deplasarae the Camp Nou, as well as Mikel Gonzalez, the latter being suspended. Gonzalo Castro is not 100% recovered but it is conceivable to see him on the field tonight.
Sociedad Probable team (4-2-3-1): Rulli – Martinez, Martinez, Elustondo, Bella – Bergara, Pardo – Prieto, Granero, Castro – Vela.
The most surprising thing about the duel is undoubtedly that Basques have won the last two encounters with Barca, both at home, 3-1 and 1-0 February 2014 in the beginning of this year.