On Sunday the La Liga kicks off for FC Barcelona for matchday 13. This time it’s a trip to San Sebastián to face Real Sociedad at the Anoeta. Exactly the stadium Anoeta has for the last decade been a true curse for Barcelona when playing there. Barcelona has not been able to win there since 2007, meaning a total of 6 straight La Liga games without winning there. With the current standings in the La Liga table in mind and the Clasico next weekend, a win is necessary for the team this weekend.
It was a tough match against Malaga last week, but the team showed character in the midweek Champions League against Celtic. With Messi and Suarez back in the squad this weekend, the team looks to break the curse at Anoeta. It’s going to be interesting how Luis Enrique will approach the match, with the Clasico next weekend in mind. Nonetheless this match is a must win.
Real Sociedad comes with a nice streak of straight 4 wins. Most notably they beat Atletico 2-0, which just goes to prove how tough it is playing at Anoeta. Key players this season has been the two attackers Willian Jose and Carlos Vela, combining for a total of 10 goals so far.
Barcelona last match:
Starting XI: ter Stegen – Alba (Digne 66′), Pique (Marlon 72′), Mascherano, Roberto – Rakitic, Busquets, Gomes – Neymar (Arda 77′), Suarez, Messi
Result: 2-0 win against Celtic, goals by Messi (24′, 55’)
Barcelona last 5 matches: W-D-W-L-W
Real Sociedad last match:
Starting XI: Rulli – Berchiche, Martinez, Navas, Martinez – Prieto, Illarramendi, Zurutuza – Vela, Willian Jose, Oyarzabal
Result: 3-1 win against Gijon
Real Sociedad last 5 matches: W-W-W-W-L
As players such as Pique, Arda Turan and Vidal missed the training on Friday, it will be interesting to see if they will feature in this match. Of these especially Pique will be missed as Mathieu and Umtiti are still injured. Iniesta returned to training, but it’s still insecure how much he’ll play this match with the Clasico coming next weekend.
Real Sociedad will miss Ruben Pardo and Bergara for this match.
2-1 win for Barça.