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Primera División

  • 19 January 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 28855

Real Sociedad-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana look to return to winning ways

Real Sociedad-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana look to return to winning ways

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The Catalans will hope to extend their record-breaking Liga run against Philippe Montanier's side after they were held at home by Malaga in the Copa del Rey in midweek



Estrada, Gonzalez, I Martinez, De La Bella
Illarramendi, Pardo
Vela, Prieto, Griezmann

Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta

Real Sociedad have a full squad to choose from for Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Barcelona at Anoeta.

Defenders Inigo Martinez, Mikel Gonzalez and Dani Estrada all return after missing the 1-1 draw at home to Deportivo La Coruna through suspension.

Barcelona are assessing striker David Villa, who is struggling with a hamstring strain.

Marc Muniesa and Isaac Cuenca have returned to training after lengthy spells on the sidelines with knee injuries, but the duo will not be involved on Saturday.

  • Real Sociedad have won just two of their last seven matches in La Liga (W2, D4, L1).
  • The Basque outfit have lost seven of their last nine meetings with Barcelona.
  • Sociedad are on a six-match unbeaten run at Anoeta in all competitions (W2, D4).
  • Barcelona are on a 12-game winning run in La Liga. They have won their last four matches with an aggregate score of 14-3.
  • The Blaugrana's Liga tally of 55 points from 19 matches betters the previous best for the halfway stage of the season, which they set at 52 points in 2010-11.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored 10 goals in his last seven matches for Barca across all competitions.

Players to watch

C. Vela

Position: Attacker

Games: 27

  • 7
  • 5
  • 0
The former Arsenal prodigy has been a revelation at Anoeta this season, netting eight Liga goals playing predominantly as a winger. Vela's pace and trickery on the right flank could pose problems for Barcelona, whose fluid attacking style inevitably leaves them open to counterattacks.

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 25

  • 25
  • 5
  • 0
With 28 Liga goals this campaign, the Argentine is way out ahead in the race to finish top of the goalscoring charts and is well on course to surpass last season's tally of 50. Messi will look to keep up his form in front of goal with several key matches coming up in the next few weeks.

Editor's Prediction

Barcelona will look to produce a convincing performance to build momentum ahead of a crucial Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Malaga. Sociedad have the pace to trouble the visitors but could struggle to contain them at the opposite end.

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