Barcelona charmed her fans in Spain and Europe alike lasts season, but at the end of the day one of the best clubs in continental football left empty-handed. A new era begins tonight as Vilanova attempts to replicate Guardiola’s phenomenal success and the first obstacle down this path is Real Sociedad. The Catalan club won the last 14 home games against the Basque outfit and is favorite to add the 15th victory.
Match: Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Bet: Real Sociedad +2,5 goals
Odds: bet365 2.10
There were few additions for Barcelona this summer and so far only Jordi Alba joined the club after an excellent season with Valencia. The young player was impressive during the Euro 2012 and he hopes to confirm his worth in Barcelona’s backline. It is only a matter of time until Alex Song will arrive from Arsenal, but essentially the multiple Spanish champions will rely on the same team as in 2011. It is hard to blame the management for choosing not to transfer more players, given the way this team played lately.
Ninety minutes to resist the siege
Not even the most optimistic fans expect Real Sociedad to break the ice tonight and win at Nou Camp, but those who have a lot of confidence in this team hope that it will scrap a draw. Tradition says otherwise and the sheer difference between the two teams indicates a lopsided game, but this won’t have a deterring effect on the visitors’ resolve. The players know that the only way of staying alive is to conjure a rock solid defense and force Barcelona to shoot from the distance.
Every now and then the Catalans are humiliating a Spanish team by scoring 5 or more goals without conceding one and Real Sociedad had its fair share. Twice during the last couple of years Barcelona won 5-0 at Nou Camp, but except for those matches, today’s visitors held their ground. They eventually went down by one goal or two, but overall they’ve put up quite a fight and this is the kind of match we should expect tonight.
Miracles do happen and eventually Real Sociedad will win at Nou Camp, but meanwhile punters have a less risky way of making money by backing the visitors. A spread of +2,5 goals should be sufficient for the visitors to cover and with Bet365 being generous enough to grant odds of 2.10, there are few reasons to hold back. There is always the risk of Barcelona scoring goals galore, but then again a stringy team such as Sociedad is not going to go down without a fight.