Real Sociedad vs Barcelona: Anoeta jinx to affect Barca again

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Odds: Real Sociedad 11/2, Draw 4/1, Barcelona 2/5

Kick Off: 1945, 14/01/2018

Stadium: Anoeta

TV: Sky Sports

Anoeta has been a bogey ground for Barcelona in recent years and we’re backing that trend to continue when they visit Real Sociedad on Sunday.

The Catalan giants scraped a 1-0 Copa del Rey win here 12 months ago, but have failed to prevail in any of their last seven LaLiga games at this venue.

Punters can get 19/10 for the hosts to avoid defeat again this time and that is the first of our Real Sociedad vs Barcelona betting predictions.

A Look At Real Sociedad’s Betting Odds

Sociedad may struggle to match last season’s sixth-place finish in Spain’s top flight, with a mid-table position looking more likely.

However, they did end a disappointing December on a high by drawing 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao and then beating Sevilla 3-1 at this venue.

Eusebio Sacristan, who was linked with the Barcelona job before Ernesto Valverde got the nod, was left frustrated by last Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Leganes.

Even so, this is a solid outfit, especially at the back, with goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli and defenders Diego Llorente and Alvaro Odriozola all highly rated.

Harping back to that home record versus Barca, Sociedad have won five and drawn two of the last seven LaLiga meetings at Anoeta.

Looking at the Real Sociedad vs Barcelona odds, 11/2 for the visitors to suffer a first defeat of the current campaign is a tempting price.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Obviously, it is a brave move to oppose Barcelona after last weekend’s smooth 3-0 success over Levante maintained their nine-point advantage at the top of the table.

An 18-match unbeaten run in this competition has now featured 15 wins, with 48 goals scored overall and only seven conceded.

Those stats suggest it may be worth hedging our bets by picking out a Barca player in the first goalscorer market, which is predictably dominated by Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

However, better value could lie with Ousmane Dembele, who should now be nearing peak fitness after returning from a hamstring injury.

The France international will be keen to make his mark after the capture of Philippe Coutinho and gets the nod at 11/2 to break the deadlock in our Real Sociedad vs Barcelona betting tips.

Additional stats

Last LaLiga result:

Leganes 1-0 REAL SOCIEDAD

BARCELONA 3-0 Levante – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Paulinho

Head-to-head: Barcelona 3-2 Sociedad, Barcelona 5-2 Sociedad, Sociedad 0-1 Barcelona, Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona, Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 4-0 Sociedad

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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