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

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With the league won and no drama about unbeaten streaks, Barça’s only job is to say goodbye to a legend

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FC Barcelona (Champions) vs Real Sociedad (11th, 49pts)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 38

Barcelona team news: Thomas Vermaelen (out, injury), Sergi Roberto (out, suspension), Paulinho Bezerra (out, rest)

Real Sociedad team news: Imanol Agirretxe, Héctor Moreno (out, injury), Carlos Martínez (doubtful, fitness)

Date/Time: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm GMT/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS En Español (USA & Canada, Spanish), Sky Sports Main Event (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)


The league is won. The unbeaten streak is lost. Barcelona have absolutely NOTHING to play for in the last game of the season against Real Sociedad, who are also not fighting for anything on Sunday night.

There is only one reason to watch this game, and it’s the biggest of reasons: Andrés Iniesta is saying goodbye to the club he’s grown up in and loves to death. The captain will have one last chance to play in front of a packed Camp Nou crowd and will have 90 minutes to show his brilliance one last time.

Iniesta’s teammates have a responsibility to help him leave winning in style, which is the only way Andrés knows how to win. This is a guy that’s helped change the sport forever by using his brain and feet to create magic alongside Xavi. Xavi is gone, and Iniesta will be too aftrer the final whistle on Sunday. It’s time to honor his legacy, because we won’t see anything like him ever again.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Mina, Alba; Coutinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Real Sociedad (4-2-3-1): Moyá; Elustondo, Navas, Llorente, De la Bella; Illarramendi, Zurutuza; Januzaj, Canales, Oyarzábal; Willian José


PREDICTION

Sociedad have a bad defense, and I have a feeling this will be a special night for a special legend: 5-1 Barça.