Barcelona vs Real Sociedad Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Barcelona will try to bounce back from their disappointing Clásico defeat last weekend when they host Real Sociedad on Saturday evening.

The 2-0 loss meant that they gave up top spot in the table to Los Blancos and a win will be essential if they are to maintain a title challenge.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen,Samuel Umtiti,Frenkie de Jong,Sergio Busquets,Gerard Pique,Lionel Messi,Antoine Griezmann,Arthur Melo,Nelson Semedo,Arturo Vidal,Jordi Alba . Player’s of FC Barcelona pose for a team photo

Sociedad, meanwhile, just won their Copa del Rey semi-final against Mirandés and currently are in sixth place. A win would put them level for third place in the league with Sevilla.

Here’s 90min’s preview of the game.


Where to Watch

?When is Kick Off? ?Saturday 7 March
?What Time is Kick Off? ?17:30 (GMT)
?Where Is it Played? ?Camp Nou 
?TV Channel/Live Stream? beIN Sports
?Referee? ?Juan Martinez Munuera

Injury Updates

Luis Suarez,Ousmane Dembele

?Barcelona have only a few injuries to contend with for this weekend. Forwards ?Luis Suárez (knee) and ?Ousmane Dembélé (hamstring) are long-term absentees, while ?Sergi Roberto has an abductor problem and will also be unavailable.

Sociedad similarly only have three on the injury list, with two impacting their midfield. Central-midfielders Asier Illarramendi (ankle) and David Zurutuza (achilles) are both ruled out for Saturday, along with centre-back Diego Llorente, who has a muscle problem.


Predicted Lineups

?Barcelona
?Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakiti?, Busquets, de Jong; Griezmann, Messi, Vidal
?Real Sociedad
?Remiro; Zaldúa, Elustondo, Le Normand, Monreal; Ødegaard, Zubeldia, Merino; Januzaj, Willian José, Oyarzabal

Head-to-Head Record

Alexander Isak

The two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring before goals from Antoine Griezmann and Suárez gave Barça the lead. Yet their one-goal advantage was cancelled out by Alexander Isak’s late equaliser that earned the Basque club a point.


Recent Form

Barça have endured a mixed run of form. Having swatted Eibar aside in a 5-0 thumping, this was followed by a 1-1 draw at ?Napoli in the ?Champions League, before their 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid.

Gerard Pique,Vinicius Jr

Sociedad meanwhile have won their last six games, including an impressive 3-0 victory over Valencia.

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Here’s how both sides have fared in their last five games.

?Barcelona
Real Sociedad
?Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (1/3) ?Mirandés 0-1 Real Sociedad (4/3)
?Napoli 1-1 Barcelona (25/2) ?Real Sociedad 1-0 Valladolid (28/2)
?Barcelona 5-0 Eibar (22/2) ?Real Sociedad 3-0 Valencia (22/2)
?Barcelona 2-1 Getafe (15/2) ?Real Sociedad 2-1 Mirandés (13/2)
?Real Betis 2-3 Barcelona (9/2) ?Real Sociedad 2-1 Athletic Club (9/2)

Prediction

Sociedad are in hot form right now and will travel to face a vulnerable Barcelona, who will be licking their wounds from the defeat to Madrid.

Lionel Messi

But you would expect the Blaugrana to put in a strong performance and take three points to keep up their hopes of a ?La Liga triumph at the end of the season.

?Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad


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