Barcelona can take another giant step towards the La Liga glory when they host Real Sociedad in the league match at Camp Nou, in Barcelona, Barcelona, on Saturday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Barcelona and Real Sociedad
Kick Off: Sunday 21 April
Match Timing: 12:15 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Camp Nou (99,354)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream select La Liga matches in India. Matches can also be enjoyed live on the official Facebook app or website.
Barcelona's quest for the treble is still alive after the Catalan giants made no mistake in seeing off the Champions League tie against Manchester United.
The hero of the match was none other than the Argentine Wizard Lionel Messi, who took charge of the tie, scoring twice to lead his side to the semifinals. Philippe Coutinho put the cherry on the top with his trademark curler from the edge of the box and Barcelona won 3-0 at Camp Nou.
In truth, this was the least that Barcelona deserved from the tie as they were by far the best team in the 2nd leg, and deserved to go through.
With the win, the Catalan giants took another step to clinch the treble. They will be Liverpool in the semifinals, and will surely demand more from Ernesto Valverde's men than what United could muster over the two legs.
The other two trophies are almost guaranteed as Barcelona are just a few games away from clinching the La Liga. While they have already secured a place in the Copa del Rey final.
Real Sociedad are hovering in the middle of the table. With 10 wins, 11 draws and 11 defeats, they have accumulated 41 points from 32 matches.
However, a top-seven finish is not out of their grasp as only five points separate them from Athletic Bilbao in seventh.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Barcelona – W D W W D W
Real Sociedad – L D D W L D
BAR vs RS Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad Team News:
Injured – Rafinha is a long-term absentee for Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen is missing from the squad names by Ernesto Valverde for this match, so he will be missing the match as well.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Though, Samuel Umtiti is named in the squad, the Frech international remains a doubt for the clash. There were reports in the media that he is possibly out for the season due to the niggling knee injury. But the fact that he is in the squad is positive news.
Note: Valverde is set to ring some changes to the starting 11 following his team's involvement in the Champions League. Messi may start from the bench, which means Malcolm may come to lead the attack, with Dembele starting out on the wing. While in the midfield, Arturo Vidal and Carles Alena both will be pushing for a start.
Some squad news: Todibo, Murillo, and Boateng have all been left out of the squad.
Key Players – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez
here is the full squad:
Goalkeeper: Ter Stegen, Cillessen
Defenders: Piqué, N. Semedo, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Umtiti, Sergi Roberto
Midfielders: Carles Aleñá, Vidal, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur,
Forwards: Suárez, Messi, O. Dembélé, Malcom
Injured – As for Real Sociedad, David Zurutuza remains a long-term absentee. In addition, Asier Illarramendi, Hector Moreno, Adnan Januzaj and Kevin Rodrigues all missed the training session yesterday. Manager Imanol Alguacil decided not to take any risk with the abovementioned players and didn't include them in this matchday squad.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Igor Zubeldia is in the squad, but he is carrying a knock and will be assessed before the match.
Note: Willaim Jose is set to return following a one-game ban. While Juanmi will be hoping for another start up front.
Theo Hernandez and Aihen Munoz will both be battling for a place at left-back.
Key Players – William Jose, Juanmi
BAR vs RS Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Barcelona– Stegen (GK), Jordi Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo, Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Dembele, Messi, Suarez
Real Sociedad– Rulli (GK), Zaldua, Llorente, Elustondo, Hernandez, Pardo, Zubeldia, Merino, Oyarzabal, Juanmi, Willaim Jose
BAR vs RS Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
The reverse fixture was won by Barcelona earlier in September. Sociedad were cruising home through Aritz Elustondo's 12th-minute goal, but a quickfire 2nd half goals from Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele in the space of just three minuted turned the game on its head.
That was Barcelona's fourth straight win over Sociedad and we back the Camp Nou side to make it five here.
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