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

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.