Real Sociedad’s strong home record is about to be tested as leading Barcelona is coming to San Sebastian. The hosts field a defensive formation, very similar to the one that was one step away from securing a point away at Santiago Bernabeu against reigning champions Real Madrid.

Match: Real Sociedad vs Barcelona

Bet: Real Sociedad +2 goals

Odds: Bwin  2.00

Real Sociedad proudly stands on the 9th place in Primera Division, with the surge beginning in mid-December with the 2-1 victory over Malaga. Since then they have lost a single match, by 4 goals to 3 on Santiago Bernabeu in a game that could have easily gone either way. Barcelona is without a doubt the toughest opponent they could face, but recent result and a fit squad should give them a fighting chance.

Montanier makes no mistakes in estimating his chances tonight and despite the fact that Sociedad has home pitch advantage, he will start with the same squad that faced Real Madrid in the capital two weeks ago. Ifran will spearhead the offensive but Xabi Prieto is the player that Barcelona should be afraid of, as he scored a hat-trick in Madrid. The visitors have played a lot of games recently and although their players are used to busy schedules, all these games will make an impact on their fitness.

BetPal Tip:

Once again I invite you to back Real Sociedad with the cover of a +1.5 goals Asian Handicap, or as Bwin puts it a 2 goals spread at odds of 2.00. They’ve did it once just two weeks ago and now that they are playing at home, we are entitled to expect a similar result despite facing FC Barcelona.