Match date: 15 Apr 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Spanish Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (-2 AH)
| Match result:
3-2 - Lost
Barcelona are out of the tracks, obviously something isn't working in their squad, four days ago they traveled to Italy and faced with Juventus in Champions league quarter finals first leg, they were totally outplayed by Italian team and conceded three goals without scoring, it will be really difficult to recoup that in rematch, they were in similar situation in previous round when faced with PSG and in first leg were defeated in France with four goals margin but at Camp Nou achieved great victory and scored six goals, however they had a bit of luck there since opponents played terrible match, i really don't believe that will manage to repeat that against Juventus. In previous round of Spanish La Liga they had a chance to get closer to leaders Real Madrid but were defeated by Malaga away from home, now in 32nd round are facing with decent Real Sociedad and victory is something what must be achieved, in this game they are clear favorites and i'm convinced that will collect all three points at home ground. They are now at second spot at the table with three points less than leaders but with one match more played so defending a title will be very hard, victory here is their only option, they must get back on the tracks here since outcomes of next two games can save the season, they will play rematch with Juventus in four days while next weekend will travel to Madrid and face with Real in El Clasico. Hosts are most effective team in Spain with 88 goals scored in 31 game, now i have no doubts that will manage to score couple more and achieve convincing victory. Coach Luis Enrique can't count on injured midfielders Vidal (6/2), Rafinha (18/6) and forward Neymar (26/9) while defender Mascherano (22/0) and midfielder Turan (17/3) are having problems with their injuries and are in doubt.
Real Sociedad meanwhile had decent season, they are at 7th position at the table and only one point separates them from spot which leads into Europa league qualifications, they showed improving in comparison to a previous season but i simple don't believe that can avoid convincing defeat against strong Barcelona which have imperative to celebrate tonight. Guests celebrated in last round against relegation placed Gijon and managed to get back on the tracks, they ended streak of five matches without victory but i just doubt that here will manage to ear points. In last meeting with hosts in Copa del Rey in January they were smashed at this stadium with three goals difference and must show some amazing performances tonight to avoid another convincing defeat. Visitors showed decent goal scoring skills while defense wasn't great and in this match are almost without chances to save their own net, one point would be great here but it will be really difficult to earn it. Guests can be satisfied with their result and must show improving in order to reach Europe for the next season, however never in modern history they managed to avoid defeat at this stadium and i just doubt that will manage to do that tonight. defender Carlos Martinez (10/0), forwards Agirretxe (0/0) and Odriozola (11/0) will all remain sidelined due to injury issues while forward Juanmi (29/9) is suspended.
Barcelona are in problem, they must change something and victory in this game must be achieved since in next seven days will play two probably most important matches in this season, i'm sure that will manage to outplay guests which aren't in some great form and didn't had much success here at Camp Nou so everything except convincing victory of Barcelona would be a surprise.