Those who expected a crushing victory for Barcelona in the first leg were probably surprised by how well Real Sociedad defended, even though they played without a defender for the second half. Eventually, they allowed two goals and will be fighting an uphill battle tonight when they return to San Sebastian.
Bet: Under 3.5 goals
Odds: Ladbrokes 1.73
Barcelona lost the lead in Primera Division for a week after losing at home to Valencia, but they are back on track following a shocking defeat of Atletico Madrid. On the flip side, Real Madrid has closed the gap and now all three teams are tied for the lead with 57 points and all that Barcelona has, is a better goal average. One week from now, the Champions League resumes, but until then they need to make sure that they reach the final stage of Copa del Rey.
Barcelona has five players injured or suspended yet they found the strength to recover after conceding an early goal this Sunday in Sevilla. The visitors cruised to a 4-1 victory and they hope to replicate that performance tonight when they visit Sociedad. This is a stringy team when it has home pitch advantage and has lost just five of the last 17 games played at home against Barcelona. They will need to shift into a more aggressive gear, after having dismal ball possession in the first leg, if they are to stand a chance.
We will probably see another face of Real Sociedad tonight, but even so, the odds of the game turning into a scoring festival are slim. Ladbrokes has terrific odds for less than 3.5 goals to be scored, which is the perfect choice for risk-averse punters who find the 2.5 line intimidating.