LA Liga Barcelona vs Real Sociedad 8/15/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Barcelona made some huge changes in the off-season and they must now learn to live in the post-Messi era. They will kick off the new season with a tough match, as they will play host to Real Sociedad on Sunday. Real Sociedad had a really good season last year and they managed to claim one of the Europa League tickets.

The big news for Barcelona is the fact that Lionel Messi is no longer in the club. It’s a huge deal for Barcelona, who must now find a new anchor man up front, but they did bring in Memphis Depay from Lyon and there’s still Antoine Griezmann in the roster. Barcelona did not have the best of seasons last year, finishing at the 3rd spot of the La Liga with 24 wins, 7 losses and 7 draws. They had by far the best offense in the La Liga with 85 goals and the 4th best defense with just 38 conceded. 24 of their 38 matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with a league-high average of 3.2 goals per match. They had the 4th best home record with 11 wins, 3 losses and 5 draws, scoring 44 goals and conceding just 20 goals in the process. 

Real Sociedad were really good last season but could not break into the top-4. Even so, the 5th spot they captured still granted them a Europa League ticket for next season. They finished with 17 wins, 10 losses and 11 draws, scoring 59 goals and conceding 38 in the process. 17 of their 21 matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.6 goals per match. Real Sociedad had the 5th best away record with 8 wins, 6 losses and 5 draws, scoring 25 goals and conceding 17 in the process. 8 of their 19 away matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.2 goals per match. 

Barcelona vs Real Sociedad. Barcelona beat Real Sociedad by 2-1 at home last season and completely destroyed them by 6-1 on the road. The two teams also played for a 1-1 draw in the Super Cup final, but Barcelona won the title. Barcelona have been stunning as hosts against Real Sociedad in over 25 years, winning each of the last 24 matches as hosts. However, they are without Lionel Messi for the first time in quite a while and Real Sociedad could pull an upset here.

LA Liga Barcelona vs Real Sociedad 8/15/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

La Liga Starting Time: 14:00PM EDT

Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Date: Sunday, August 15th  

La Liga Odds: Barcelona -0.75

La Liga Totals: 3

Free La Liga Pick: Real Sociedad +0.75

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