It was a disappointing start to the season for Barcelona against Rayo Vallecano as they failed to score a goal and had to settle for a draw in the opening match of league play. Despite registering 21 shots, the Catalans failed to find the back of the net.
This was the third straight game against Barcelona that Rayo Vallecano has held them scoreless.
Real Sociedad, on the other hand, was able to hold onto three points against Cádiz when they won 1-0 over the weekend.
Let’s dive in on the best bets and odds for this week’s matchup between Real Sociedad and Barcelona.
Ani Sridhar’s 2022-23 La Liga Betting Record: 1-3, - 2 units
Real Sociedad v Barcelona Odds
-3-way handicap: Barcelona +100 | Real Sociedad +230 | Draw +260
-Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 ( -145) / Under 2.5 (+105)
-Both Teams to Score: Yes -160 | No +115
Real Sociedad v Barcelona odds are current as of Tuesday Aug. 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET on BetMGM Sportsbook.
Not a surprise here that Barcelona aren’t bigger favorites as they failed to impress in their opening game.
Real Sociedad had a pretty good home record last year going 10-5-4, but they were only 7-6-6 on the road.
FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano Betting Tips
Key in on corners and goal-scoring opportunities
I recommended that goals would be scored in the Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano game and could not have been more wrong. This doesn’t mean the thought process behind it was incorrect. I’m going back to the well here in this matchup.
Both teams have dynamic strikers with Robert Lewandowski of Barcelona and Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad. Real Sociedad primarily play with two wingers up top and David Silva playing with lots of freedom in the middle.
Raphinha and Dembele looked good on the wings for Barca in their opener and they will be the key playmakers on the team in this game as well. Since Barcelona primarily plays through their wingers, there will be a lot of crosses which result in corner kicks.
One of the newest members of Real Sociedad is winger Takefusa Kubo, who scored the team’s only goal against Cádiz. The Japanese youngster looks to be a perfect pairing alongside Isak at the top of the lineup and will cause problems for opposing defenses with his acceleration.
FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano Prediction
Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona
It would be pretty shocking if Barcelona fails to score again. This will be a tougher test for them but they should still grab the three points as visitors.
Barcelona will control the possession in this game, but Real Sociedad have the ability to capitalize on the counter attack.
This is a matchup that Barcelona has dominated the last few seasons and should continue to in 2022.
Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano Best Bets
➕ Barcelona ML (+100) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 unit
Barcelona on the moneyline is a great value in this game, and even though they didn’t look like a league-winning team last weekend, they are still one of the best teams in the world on paper.
There were definitely going to be some learning curves with all the new players in the lineup, and after stumbling in week one, Xavi will expect more from his team.
Since 2020, the last five matches between these two teams have resulted in four wins for Barcelona and one draw. Barcelona has had Real Sociedad’s number and this is the best team they will field since they lost Messi.
➕ Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals (+100) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 unit
We should see goals in San Sebastián this Sunday with both teams playing with an attacking style. Despite both teams holding their opponents scoreless last weekend, this is a tougher test for each of them.
With Real Sociedad boasting players with superb movement and vision like David Silva and Takefusa Kubo it will be paramount for Andreas Christensen to hold the line or else Isak will find his way behind the defense in on goal.
Barcelona will look to attack down the wings and from set pieces. Lewandowski is a huge threat inside the box and excels in those situations.
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