Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Prediction - Soccer Picks 11/4/23
Real Sociedad (5-4-2) vs Barcelona (7-3-1)
Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 3 pm (Reale Arena)
Real Sociedad +245/Barcelona +132 - Over/Under: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The most exciting game of Round 12 in the Spanish La Liga will be played between Real Sociedad and Barcelona on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Reale Arena. Barcelona are currently five points above Real Sociedad; Blaugrana have 24 and are 4th in the standings, while the White and Blues are 5th with 19 points. Here you can read our Real Sociedad vs Barcelona betting preview and prediction.
Real Sociedad (Form and News)
Real Sociedad conceded late to draw 2-2 at Rayo Vallecano last weekend, missing a chance to post a fifth win in six league outings, with Imanol Alguacil’s men starting this round in fifth, five points behind upcoming opponents Barcelona. They’re a side Sociedad have struggled against, as despite emerging victorious in their last meeting in May, La Real have posted consecutive top-flight H2H wins just once in the 21st century.
The Reale Arena could be buzzing with anticipation though, as Sociedad have posted four consecutive league triumphs there, extending their unbeaten sequence in such matches (W10, D5). The ten most recent games in that run saw the hosts net the opener, although that’s something they haven’t done in three straight home La Liga H2Hs.
Player to watch: Mikel Oyarzabal scored Sociedad’s last two league goals and netted a fifth-minute winner in their last home La Liga victory against Barcelona in April 2016.
Alguacil will be without Andre Silva (calf) and Kieran Tierney (knee).
Barcelona (Form and News)
Barcelona may travel north-west a little subdued after failing to hold on to their lead in a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in last week’s El Clásico. See what I predicted for that match. While that represents their first competitive loss of the season, failure to win three of their last five La Liga encounters (W2, D2, L1) sees them start this round in fourth spot and four points behind their bitter rivals in white, sounding alarm bells over the Catalans’ title defense.
Being on the road should be a relief for Barça however, as they have avoided defeat in their last 12 LL visits to the Basque Country (W9, D3). That includes four victories in Xavi’s tenure as manager, but staying alert in the early exchanges could be vital, as the Catalans have conceded the opener in the first ten minutes of their last two away league trips, although they came back to draw both fixtures 2-2.
Hot stat: Ahead of this La Liga round, Barça have won a league-high 6.6 corners per game, while Sociedad have conceded a league-low 3.6 corners per match.
Player to watch: Robert Lewandowski was a second-half substitute last weekend coming back from injury and will hope for 90 minutes on this occasion, having scored a brace in a 4-1 win for Barça last season at the Reale Arena.
Sergi Roberto (foot) is still injured, while Frenkie de Jong (ankle) is questionable to feature on Saturday.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona H2H Record
Real Sociedad recorded just one win out of the last 18 H2H duels, and that victory came at Camp Nou last season. Barcelona were on an eight-game winning streak in H2H encounters before that. Sociedad are winless in the last eight H2H tilts at home.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Odds
Real Sociedad are +245 underdogs in this clash; a draw is at +255, while Barcelona to win can be backed at +132. When it comes to goals, Over 2.5 is at -107, and Under 2.5 is at +104. For the bettors who love to play both teams to score, choose between BTTS YES at -135 and BTTS NO at +120. Check out more La Liga odds here!
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Betting Pick
Sociedad are the highest-scoring home team in La Liga with 15 goals in six games. They have been without a loss at Reale Arena since February 2023, but Barça managed to get a victory here in each of the previous three visits, scoring 11 goals in the process!
Although they scored 2+ goals in each of the last four road matches in La Liga, Barcelona also conceded at least a goal in those games. I’d be surprised if Blaugrana keeps the net intact on Saturday, considering how Sociedad are playing at home this season. Expect an interesting game and don’t be surprised if the hosts get three points.