This is the first of three away matches in seven days for Ernesto Valverde’s side, and the trip to Real Sociedad has historically been a difficult one for the Blaugrana to negotiate.
Gerard Deulofeu are left out along with the injured
Samuel Umtiti, Paco Alcácer and
Philippe Coutinho, while
Nelson Semedo's name was added to list of absentees when he went down with tonsilitis on the morning of the game
The complete party that will be travelling to San Sebastian is therefore:
Ter Stegen, Aleix Vidal, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suárez, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Cillessen, Mascherano, Paulinho, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal and
Eusebio Sacristán noted that “this is a difficult time for us. We are focused on working and we want to make things work. If we do our job right, we will have chances to win.”
Barça come into the match still unbeaten in 2017/18. They’ve won six of the last seven and conceded just one goal in that time. Sociedad have lost five, drawn two and won once in their last eight.
The contrast couldn’t be wider in terms of home and away fixtures between the two teams. Barça have only won twice at Anoeta in the last 10 fixtures, and you have to go all the way back to May 2007 for the Blaugrana’s last La Liga victory in San Sebastian. A Copa del Rey win there last season is the most recent.
At the Camp Nou, La Real have lost every game played there this century.
The game will be broadcast on numerous channels around the world but if for whatever reason you can’t get to see the game, you could try listening instead to our live English commentary on
Radio Barça (the link will appear on the home page shortly before kick-off), or checking our official Twitter account.
Source : https://www.fcbarcelona.com/football/first-team/news/2017-2018/match-preview-real-sociedad-vs-fc-barcelona-la-liga-week-19-anoeta470