Real Sociedad - Barcelona Betting Preview: Why a high-scoring match looks likely

With this being a traditionally high-scoring fixture, backing over 3.5 goals is where the smart money should go
Ten days after visiting the city of San Sebastian in the Copa del Rey, Barcelona return for their La Liga clash at Real Sociedad.

Last week, the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final ended 1-1, ensuring an aggregate win for the Catalans and Paddy Power price them at 2/5 (1.40) to pick up three points. La Real meanwhile who created enough chances to score more than the one goal over the 180 minutes of that encounter are offered at 13/2 (7.50) with the draw available at 7/2 (4.50).

Visiting the Estadio Anoeta is in theory one of the toughest away trips of the season for any team and Real Sociedad's spectacular home form has seen them lose just one their last 25 La Liga games there.

Indeed Barcelona have failed to win any of their last four away games against La Real and they will have to be at their best to end that run.

Both teams to score is offered at 8/15 (1.53) and is a bet which has paid out in seven of their last eight meetings. Yet the price is not big enough for us to consider so instead backing over 3.5 goals at evens (2.00) looks to be an attractive option.

Both sides have no problems in finding the back of the net and this has traditionally been a high scoring fixture. This bet has paid out in four of their last seven meetings, as well as in four of La Real's last six home matches in La Liga and is well worth some consideration.

Over 3.5 goals at evens (2.00) 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid