Barcelona v Real Sociedad Predictions & Betting Odds – 20th May 2018

Barca to finish the season on a high

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Barcelona v Real Sociedad Betting Preview – La Liga 20th May 7.45pm

Remarkably Barcelona’s unbeaten season came crashing down in epic style in their penultimate game of their season. After having come through tough back to back games against Real Madrid and Villarreal, Barca lost on the weekend at Levante who are down in the bottom six in what was a remarkable game. They close out the season having already won the title as they face mid-table Real Sociedad.

Barcelona v Real Sociedad Betting Tips

Barcelona’s attempt at an unbeaten La Liga season fell apart then last weekend in a crazy 5-4 loss at Levante. Barcelona were once again all over the place at the back and they found themselves 5-1 down at one point. They did fight back well, but couldn’t produce an equaliser in the final twenty minutes. Bizarrely they left Lionel Messi behind, not even putting him on the bench just in case, as they risked resting him. Philippe Coutinho netted a hattrick in the game though and was brilliant for the Catalans. But Messi should be back in the starting line up for their final game of the term and will head up the bet365 first goalscorer market. Barcelona’s home record is W15 D3 L0 for the season and they are currently on a seven-match scoring streak at the Nou Camp, including the big 5-1 win over Villarreal in their last home game. Barcelona have scored at least two goals in each of their last five at the Nou Camp. They have conceded a lot of goals lately and in the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 3-1 at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). Both teams have scored in each of Barcelona’s last eight league games.

So the both teams to score option on the game at bet365 is at 2/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). It is well worth looking for a big return of goals in the game because it’s the end of season and both can play freely with no pressure and over 4.5 goals is as short as 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). Real Sociedad are in mid-table and have produced some form with a W5 L2 record in their last seven league outings. The two defeats in that sequence though were in their last two away games, suffering defeats at the relegated Malaga and then seventh-placed Sevilla. Their overall away form for the season is pretty poor and they have W4 D4 L10 record on their travels, winning just one of their last fourteen road games. A win, therefore, seems unlikely for them they have lost at each of the other top five this season but did score in each of those losses. Sociedad average a shade over a goal per game away from home and have picked up a clean sheet in just over a quarter of their road games.

Barcelona v Real Sociedad Head to Head

Barcelona took a 4-2 win at Sociedad just back in mid-January and that was the third high-scoring game between them in a row. Each of the last three meetings in all competitions have produced at least five goals in them. Barcelona are on a 21 match winning streak at home against Sociedad in all competitions and that is from 23 previous times they have hosted them (W22 D1). Pretty remarkable stuff. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last five against Sociedad home and away in all competitions.

Barcelona v Real Sociedad Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/4, Draw 5/1, Real Sociedad 9/1* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018)

Barcelona v Real Sociedad Predictions

Barcelona have been great at home this season and they have tremendous form against Sociedad. So they are value to win this but because of recent games between these two and how bad Barca were at the back last weekend, back a home win & over 3.5 goals.

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