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  • August 20, 2012
  • • 03:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: José Luis González González
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Barcelona - Real Sociedad Preview: Catalan giants plot return to La Liga summit as Vilanova era begins

Barcelona - Real Sociedad Preview: Catalan giants plot return to La Liga summit as Vilanova era begins

FC Barcelona Team

All eyes will be on the new Blaugrana boss as he oversees his first competitive game from the Camp Nou dugout after taking over from Pep Guardiola in the summer

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Sanchez
REAL SOCIEDAD

Bravo
Estrada, Gonzalez, I. Martinez, Angel
Illarramendi, Elustondo
Castro, Zurutuza, Griezmann
Vela


Barcelona summer signing Jordi Alba is in line for his league debut against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

The former Valencia player is the only major arrival at Camp Nou so far, although a deal for Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is expected to be finalised imminently.

David Villa is unlikely to be involved in the fixture as he continues to build up match fitness, while Thiago Alcantara (tibia) has recovered from injury.

Real Sociedad look set to hand a competitive debut to defender Jose Angel, who was signed on a season-long loan from Italian giants Roma.

Another summer arrival, Chori Castro from Mallorca, could get the nod in attack alongside Carlos Vela and Antoine Griezmann.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have won six of their last eight head-to-head meetings with Real Sociedad (W6, D1, L1).
  • The Catalan side are bidding for a fourth consecutive winning start to their league campaign after opening victories over Malaga (2011-12), Racing Santander (2010-11) and Sporting Gijon (2009-10) respectively.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured right) was Barcelona's top scorer in pre-season with five goals.
  • Real Sociedad have lost on their last 14 trips to Camp Nou.
  • The Basque outfit won just three of their 19 away games in the Primera Division last season.
  • Sociedad's last victory over Barcelona was a 2-1 home win in April 2011.

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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
37TelloStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
21AdrianoDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
24Sergi RobertoMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
1Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
15Jon AnsoteguiDefender
22Dani EstradaMidfielder
24Alberto De la Bella Defender
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
2Carlos Martínez DíezDefender
4Gorka Gorka Elustondo UrkiolaMidfielder
5Markel BergaraMidfielder
24Asier IllarramendiMidfielder
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
18Chory CastroMidfielder
27Antoine GriezmannStriker
13ZubikaraiGoalkeeper
-José ÁngelDefender
19CadamuroDefender
14Rubén PardoMidfielder
-Javier RosMidfielder
11Carlos VelaStriker
9Imanol AgirretxeStriker

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