Match Today: Barcelona vs Real Sociedad 21-08-2022 in the Spanish League
After a string of summer signings, Barcelona want their first win of the new season against Real Sociedad after their disappointing stumble and draw against Rayo Vallecano in the opening match of 2022/23. Barcelona will also be absent from the services of midfielder Sergio Bosquist, after receiving a second yellow card in stoppage time. La Real find themselves ahead of the Catalan club after their 1-0 win over Cádiz away. The Basques will be further bolstered by the fact that Barcelona's star defensive possession Jules Conde will face a second weekend in a row on the sidelines with the player still not registered in La Liga. Real Sociedad have shown steady progress under coach Emmanuel Alguasl and the team will look to maintain their perfect start to the season against a Barcelona team that is still on its feet.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad will most likely be without Diego Rico, who was substituted against Cadiz due to a hamstring problem. They will also be without Alex Sola, Carlos Hernandez and Martin Merquilanz and it is likely that he will replace Rico with Aihen Munoz at the left-back position. For Barcelona, it is likely that Ronald Araujo will replace Eric Garcia with Sergi Roberto also at the right-back position. Ansu Fati could also replace Ousmane Dembele while Ferran Torres is still struggling with his fitness. Barcelona are 11th in the La Liga table at the moment with one point from one match. Xavi's side started their campaign in 2022-23 with a disappointing goalless draw with Ray Vallecano at Camp Nou in the league.
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
In order to maintain the momentum after the enhanced victory in the first round of the match is by no means guaranteed against the heavily reinforced Barcelona team. Eager to improve on last season's second place, the Catalans acquired the services of several first-class stars in the summer, including Robert Lewandowski and Barcelona's ninth most expensive deal, Rafinha. However, the highly anticipated opener against Rayo Vallecano saw Barcelona's fresh-faced side hold a poor goalless draw, with captain Sergio Busquets receiving a red card. It was not the start that Xavi Hernandez had hoped for, especially since Barcelona's first round of three games without goals in La Liga since October Real Sociedad is sixth in the La Liga table at the moment with three points from one match. La Real started their campaign in La Liga 2022-23 with a 1-0 win over Cádiz away in the league. Takefusa Kubo scored the only goal of the match in the 24th minute. Sociedad occupied sixth place in the Spanish league standings last season. For a while, it looked like the Basque club would end up in the Champions League, but in the end, they were only able to secure a place in the Europa League.