Real Sociedad Vs Barcelona Betting Tip: Barcelona – 21 April 2022

Barca can get back to winning ways at Anoeta?

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Spain Real Sociedad Vs Barcelona Spain

Thursday 21 April, 2022 – 20:30 (BST)
Spanish La Liga
Pick: Barcelona to WIN
Odds: 11/10
Bookmaker: Bet365
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 19 April 2022)

Preview: At Anoeta Stadium in Basque Country on Thursday, Barcelona will be keen to rediscover the art of winning football matches again upon visiting a Real Sociedad side that has forgotten what it is like to lose on home soil. It all makes for a fascinating contest between the sides in sixth and second respectively.

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Real Sociedad – La Real do their best work as hosts?

A five point gap to fourth place Atletico Madrid and the Champions League spots suggests Real Sociedad are still in the top four conversation with six games remaining, but this only means results like Sunday’s 0-0 draw here to fifth-placed Real Betis simply won’t do. La Real require close to perfection if they wish to make up enough ground, beginning with a first home La Liga win over Barca for six years.

Here at Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian, Real Sociedad’s record holds up very well having lost only two of sixteen La Liga home matches in 2021-22. They are currently unbeaten across the last seven of these (W5 D2), though it is noteworthy how they’ve struggled against the better sides. Imanol Alguacil’s men drew here with Real Betis and Sevilla but were beaten by two clear goals by Real Madrid and Villarreal.

Key Stat: No visiting team has scored at Anoeta Stadium in 2022, with Real Sociedad seeking their seventh successive clean sheet in La Liga home games.


Barcelona Over 1.5 Goals



Barcelona – Xavi’s men to overcome wobble?

A blip or the beginning of something more alarming? There hasn’t been many bad days under Xavi, the club’s former midfield legend having an almost immediate impact on this team’s ailing fortunes when he arrived in November. However, in the space of a few days Barcelona have suffered successive home defeats which has left them out of Europe and in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season.

The good news for Xavi, following Monday’s shock 1-0 loss at Camp Nou to relegation-threatened Cadiz, is he won’t have to wait long to see whether his charges can produce the desired response to those losses. Barca predictably dominated against Cadiz but were toothless in the final third, leading to a first league loss since early December (W11 D5) and bringing an abrupt halt to their seven-match winning run.

Key Stat: Barcelona are yet to lose a La Liga away match with Xavi as manager, recording seven wins and four draws so far. Scoring 2+ in each of their last five away league outings.

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Real Sociedad Vs Barcelona Betting Advice

After Monday’s surprising 1-0 loss at home to lowly Cadiz, Barca are presented with a short turnaround with which to make amends. There are much easier fixtures around, though, than a trip to Anoeta to take on a Real Sociedad outfit unbeaten in seven league games as hosts, keeping a clean sheet every time. However the hosts will still have nightmares about last season’s meeting here, a demoralising 6-1 defeat.


Real Sociedad Vs Barcelona – Key Facts:

  • Sixth (Real Sociedad, W15 D10 L7) hosts second (Barcelona, W17 D9 L5) in La Liga on Thursday as Barcelona aim for a repeat of last season’s 6-1 victory in this same fixture.
  • That marked a fourth away win in five versus Real Sociedad for Barcelona, who come into this latest renewal having won all of their last four away league matches whilst scoring at least twice each time.
  • However, finding the net more than once – or at all, for that matter – won’t be so straightforward on this occasion. Sociedad haven’t conceded in any of their seven previous La Liga home games (W5 D2).


That emphatic victory was Barca’s fourth in five visits to Sociedad in league and cup, so the Catalans are evidently adept at delivering in these parts. They’re also in excellent form, particularly on their travels. Xavi’s men are unbeaten on the road in La Liga under his stewardship (W7 D4) and have reeled off four successive away victories, scoring two or more each time which includes the El Clasico (0-4), coming into this game.

Best Betting Odds – Real Sociedad Vs Barcelona

Real Sociedad – 12/5 (Coral)
Draw – 13/5 (Betfair)
Barcelona – 11/10 (Bet365)