Real Sociedad vs Barcelona 04/01/2014 La Liga Preview , Odds and Prediction
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Sunday 4th January 2014 20:00(GMT)
The Line: Real Sociedad 8/1 Draw 15/4 Barcelona 1/3 See the Latest Odds
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Can David Moyes continue his turn around of Real Sociedad when they play host to Barcelona on Sunday evening. Real Sociedad will hope to continue their good form as they have lost just one of their last seven. With Carlos Vela , Canales and Finnbogosan all chipping in with goals in recent weeks, Real Sociedad have been better since Moyes takover. Moyes has always been strong defensively and his side has had four shut outs in the last seven games. But with the exception of a 2-1 win over Athletico Madrid they have only faced one other top ten team in Villareal and they lost that one 4-0 away from home. They will also face an explosive Offence here in Barcelona, with Suarez , Neymar and Messi.
Barcelona know they must continue to win games to try to catch Real Madrid. One point behind with a game more played Barcelona know that they cant afford any more slips. At the half way stage in the league that might see a bit extreme but it is actually true such has been the dominance of Real Madrid. Messi and Neymar have twenty six goals between them thus far a great combination and with Luis Suarez only returning to true fitness this team is only going to get better. Barcelona have been incredible defensively this season in La Liga only conceding seven goals all season. This may be a tough test in Sociedad but one that Barca should be able for.
While Moyes has done a great job turning Real Sociedad's season around and they have moved out of the relegation zone I think that the home side are going to struggle tomorrow. I am going to take Barcelona -1 on the handicap here. I dont love it, its a one unit play because I just never am sure after teams come back from winter breaks but with Suarez, Messi and Neymar I am willing to roll the dice on Barca.