Real Sociedad-Barcelona Betting Preview: Why the hosts can score twice against Catalans

Our Spain expert Phil Kitromilides feels that an attacking home side in need of goals are good value at 11/4 to score twice against an unconvincing Blaugrana backline
Barcelona head to Anoeta with a comfortable 2-0 first leg lead that should be enough to see them through to the final of the Copa del Rey.

However, things might not be straight forward for the Blaugrana, primarily because Real Sociedad are an excellent attacking side who created some great chances to score in the first leg, but also because the Catalans have not enjoyed their recent visits to San Sebastian.

Indeed, Barcelona have not won at Anoeta since 2007, losing two and drawing one of their last three trips to La Real so there is still some hope for the hosts.

Bet365 still price Tata Martino's men at 2/5 (1.40) to claim a victory, while the hosts can be backed at 7/1 (8.00). A draw, which would be enough to see Barcelona through to the final, is available at 7/2 (4.50).

Yet Barca have been far from convincing defensively in recent weeks and although they will almost certainly have enough to get through the tie, they may do it whilst conceding goals.

Both teams to score is offered at just 8/13 (1.61), which demonstrates just how little faith the bookmakers have in either side's defence, but for some higher odds consider backing Real Sociedad to score over 1.5 goals at 11/4 (3.75) with bet365.

Though Barcelona won 4-1 at Sevilla on Sunday, only the woodwork prevented the Catalans from conceding more than one goal, after some poor defending that a more clincal side would have punished more effectively.

On their day, Sociedad are one of the best attacking sides in the country and their proud fans will expect them to give a good account of themselves - despite the 2-0 disadvantage.

Furthermore, northern Spain has been battered by some extreme storms over the last few days, meaning conditions could well be quite trying.

That could be something of a leveller and if the hosts score early on, things could get uncomfortable for Barca. This bet has also paid out in each of the last three meetings between the sides at Anoeta and in six of Real Sociedad's last seven home matches, so history is on the side of this sizable price, too. At 11/4 (3.75), it looks good enough the consider investing in.

Real Sociedad to score over 1.5 goals at 11/4 (3.75) for 2.5pts with bet365

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