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Friday, February 21, 2014

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona 22nd Feb, 2014 La Liga

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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona - Competition: Spanish Primera Division, Game week 25th

Real Sociedad strengthened their European place by winning in the last league game 0:1 against Malaga on the road (goal scored by Carlos Vela). When it comes to the position in the table, Sociedad’s players are now sixth with 40 points – as many as fifth Villareal. To the fourth place and Athletic Bilbao they are losing now only 4 points. The Basque team may be calm for their 6th position because they are 8 points clear from the seventh Sevilla. A week ago, Real Sociedad hosted FC Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals. The Catalans booked their place in the final drawing in San Sebastian 1:1. In the league, Sociedad lost only once at home – back in September against Atlético Madrid. They have won so far 7 out of 11 home games. 
Probable lineups Real Sociedad: Bravo – C. Martinez, Ansotegi, I. Martinez, Jose Angel – Bergara, Ruben Pardo – Vela, Xabi Prieto, Griezmann – Agirretxe.
FC Barcelona team  are now atop of the La Liga table. Yet, the second and the third team, respectively, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have got 60 points as well. During the last week FC Barcelona eliminated Real Sociedad from the Copa del Rey and got into the final. On Tuesday night the Blaugrana travelled to Manchester City for the first leg of the knock out round in Champions League. Barça claimed an impressive 0:2 victory. As far as the players’ availability is concerned, J. dos Santos remains sidelined and Jordi Alba is reported to have a hamstring strain in his right leg but his fitness will be checked before the Saturday game. The Blaugrana players are undefeated in their last nine games.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: V. Valdes – Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano – Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta – Neymar, Messi, Pedro.

Head to Head:
Last Meeting: 12/02/2014 Real Sociedad – FC Barcelona 1:1
Wins Soceidad: 5
Wins FC Barcelona: 23
Draws: 9

Match date: Saturday, 22 February 2014 - Kick Off Time: 19:00 GMT - 8 pm CET
Venue: Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain


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