Barcelona FCB Pique (19'), B'waite (45+2, 59'), Roberto (90+1)
4-2 FT
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Primera Division Gameweek 1
Aug 15, 2021 KO: 18:00

Barcelona - Real Sociedad

Camp Nou Barcelona
Referee: Alejandro Hernández
Pique 19'  
B'waite 45+2  
B'waite 59'  
  82' Julen Lobete
  85' Oiarzabal
Roberto 90+1  

Match preview

Memphis and Garcia available - How Barcelona will line up against Real Sociedad

Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia are both available to feature for Barcelona as they start their La Liga campaign against Real Sociedad

Barcelona will begin life after Lionel Messi on Sunday when they host Real Sociedad in the Primera Division.

While this is an overwhelming blow for the Camp Nou side, the week has, at least, ended on a somewhat positive note with the news that Gerard Pique has elected to forego some of his salary to allow Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to be registered in time to play in this match.

Given that Ronald Koeman is facing fairly considerable selection issues prior to this match, having this pair primed for action is a major boost, particularly with the Dutchman having been in such impressive form in pre-season.

Koeman’s headaches start in goal, where Marc-Andre ter Stegen is out injured and will, therefore, be replaced by Neto.

Garcia has rushed back from Olympic duty to be available for this encounter, while fellow central defenders Oscar Mingueza and Clement Lenglet are both struggling with injuries.

Frenkie de Jong is a doubt in midfield but Pedri, who played 72 games last season, the last of which was the Olympic final on 7 August, is primed for action and will be in the squad. Nevertheless, Riqui Puig may be preferred to him.

Finally, the issues in attack are well known. Beyond losing six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi to PSG, Barcelona are also without Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Aguero, all of whom are significant injury headaches.

Martin Braithwaite is, therefore, expected to lead the line, with Antoine Griezmann will hope that Messi’s departure can help him to rediscover the type of form that made Barcelona pay €120 million to Atletico Madrid for him.

Depay, meanwhile, could be the only debutant to feature from the start, with Pique and Ronald Araujo set to feature together in the heart of the defence, with Garcia on the bench along with the highly rated Yusuf Demir.

Potential XI: Barcelona v Real Sociedad

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  Average Match Rating  
6.9
  Home  
6.1
7.2
  Away  
6.2
7.1
  Total  
6.2

Match statistics

Barcelona
Statistics
Real Sociedad
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
12
10
Draws
4
4
Losses
4
6
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
45
28
Goals Per Game
2.25
1.40
More > 2.5 Goals
13
9
More > 3 Goals
7
6
Scored First in a Match
15
12
Scored Both Halves
7
2
Won More > 1 Goal
8
4
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
22
23
Did Not Score
1
4
Both Teams Scored
12
9
Kept Clean Sheet
8
8
Won Without Conceding
7
7
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
920
627
Possession
67
55
Passes
750
459
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
15
10
Shots on Target
6.00
3.45
Goals out of Shots
0.18
0.15
Crosses
13
15
Offsides
2.47
2.12
Penalties
0.15
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
9.15
15
Interceptions
9.50
8.25
Own Goals
0.05
0.05
Aerials Won
10
16
Total Shots Conceded
8.75
9.85
Shots on Target Conceded
3.35
3.72
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.15
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
15
Yellow Cards
1.75
1.75
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

Injuries

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  4. ACL Knee Ligament Injury image description
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  6. Knee Injury image description
  7. Calf/Shin Injury image description
  8. Tendon injury image description
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  10. Calf/Shin Injury image description