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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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Barça travel to Anoeta looking to continue their unbeaten march to the title

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FC Barcelona v Celta de Vigo - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images

Barcelona (1st, 48pts) vs Real Sociedad (14th, 23pts)


Competition/Round: La Liga, Matchday 19

Barcelona injuries: Samuel Umtiti (muscle, out), Philippe Coutinho (muscle, out), Paco Alcácer (muscle, out)

Real Sociedad injuries: Iñigo Martínez (calf, out), Adnan Januzaj (hamstring, probable)

Date/Time: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 20:45 CET/WAT (Barcelona/Nigeria), 19:45 GMT (UK), 14:45 EST, 11:45 PST (USA), 01:15 IST (India, next day)

Venue: Estadio de Anoeta, San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


Oh boy, Anoeta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Traveling to Real Sociedad’s home is like the worst trip ever for Barça players, coaches and fans, and even though the Blaugrana broke the Anoeta Curse with a 1-0 Copa del Rey win last year, they’ve still not won a league match away to Sociedad in TEN. YEARS. Yeah, this will be tough.

But maybe it won’t be! Sociedad made a fantastic start to the season scoring lots of goals and playing a beautiful brand of football, but the last two months have been very tough with just one win in eight league matches and a scary fall in the table. But they’re still a talented side that always finds a way to make things tough for big teams, and it’s also Barça at Anoeta. So yeah, this will be tough.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Sociedad (4-3-3): Rulli; Odriozola, Navas, Llorente, Rodrigues; Prieto, Illarramendi, Zurutuza; Januzaj, William José, Oyarzabal


PREDICTION

The Ernesto Valverde Pragmatism that a lot of people hate will give us a comfortable win at Anoeta: 2-0 Barça. Sorry, haters.