As Barcelona continues their title celebrations, their focus now turns to their upcoming match against Real Sociedad on Saturday. Although they have already secured the La Liga championship, manager Xavi Hernandez demands full concentration from his squad as they strive to break defensive records, particularly the clean sheet record in the league.
When is Barcelona Vs Real Sociedad
The encounter will take place at the iconic Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Scheduled for Saturday 20 April with kick-off at 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT, the match will be officiated by referee Javier Alberola Rojas, with VAR support from Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva. In India, the match will be broadcasted via Jio Cinema and will be broadcasted on Sports 18
When looking at the head-to-head record between Barcelona Vs Real Sociedad. It became clearer that Barcelona held the upper hand. In their last five meetings, Barcelona has emerged victorious in all five encounters. While Real Sociedad has failed to secure a win. Draws have been non-existent between the two sides.
Examining their recent form, Barcelona has displayed a strong run of performances, winning four out of their last five matches. On the other hand, Real Sociedad has also been in good form, securing two wins and three draws in their previous five games.
Suspension and Absentees of Barcelona Vs Real Sociedad)
For Barcelona, Gavi will be the only absentee due to suspension, having accumulated too many yellow cards. While reports suggest Xavi may rotate some fringe players, it is expected that the manager will field a strong defence. As FC Barcelona are on their way to secure the clean sheet record. The anticipated lineup for Barcelona could feature Ter Stegen in goal, Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, and Balde in defense, Busquets, Pedri, and De Jong in midfield, and Dembele, Lewandowski, and Raphinha leading the attack.
Real Sociedad, on the other hand, will be without Brais Mendez, Umar Sadiq, and Martin Merquelanz due to injury. The spotlight will be on midfielder Martin Zubimendi, who is considered a potential successor to Sergio Busquets in the Barcelona midfield.
Despite already clinching the title, FC Barcelona is determined to establish itself as the best defensive team in La Liga history. This quest for defensive excellence adds an extra layer of motivation for Xavi’s side. A side that will approach this game with the utmost seriousness.
Expect a tightly contested match, with Barcelona’s resolute defence aiming to thwart Real Sociedad’s attacking efforts. Given Barcelona’s impressive record of securing 1-0 victories throughout the season, they will be eager to claim the La Liga record for most wins by that scoreline in a single campaign.
While the celebrations continue, Barcelona’s hunger for success remains unrelenting. As they face Real Sociedad, fans can anticipate an intriguing battle where defensive prowess and record-breaking ambitions take center stage.