Primera Division Gameweek 33
Apr 21, 2022 KO: 19:30

Real Sociedad - Barcelona

Estadio Municipal de Anoeta San Sebastián
Referee: Carlos del Cerro
  11' Aubameyang

Match preview

Araujo and Pique back? - How Barcelona could line up against Real Sociedad

Barcelona are coming off a surprise defeat at home to Cadiz, with their first-choice central defensive pairing missing

Barcelona's revolution under Xavi has suffered a bump in the road over the last week after two straight defeats.

Last Thursday, the Blaugrana were stunned by a 3-2 home loss against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League that saw them eliminated from the competition at the quarter-final stage.

Then, this past weekend, they suffered a 1-0 defeat, again at Camp Nou, at the hands of lowly Cadiz, who actually climbed out of the relegation zone with the victory.

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Against Cadiz, the untested central defensive pairing of Eric Garcia and Clement Lenglet had to be deployed. Barca's defence as a whole was awful and Cadiz probably should have scored more.

However, Xavi will be boosted by the return of Ronald Araujo from injury, while Gerard Pique could be in contention to return after a groin issue.

Dani Alves will likely be restored to the starting XI at right-back in place of Sergino Dest, with Jordi Alba continuing at left-back.

With Pedri set to miss the rest of the season due to a hamstring problem, the midfield three of Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Gavi picks itself at the moment.

Xavi will likely make some alterations in the final third, though, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacing Memphis Depay in the centre-forward position.

Ferran Torres and Ousmane Dembele didn't enjoy great games against Cadiz, but will probably retain their spots.

We could see the return of Ansu Fati after a long spell out injured, but it will be from the bench.

Predicted Barcelona XI v Cadiz

Match statistics

Real Sociedad
Statistics
Barcelona
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
9
11
Draws
6
5
Losses
5
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
21
44
Goals Per Game
1.05
2.20
More > 2.5 Goals
8
13
More > 3 Goals
7
11
Scored First in a Match
12
9
Scored Both Halves
5
10
Won More > 1 Goal
3
6
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
24
24
Did Not Score
6
2
Both Teams Scored
7
13
Kept Clean Sheet
11
6
Won Without Conceding
7
5
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
11
15
Shots on Target
3.75
5.40
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.18
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.79
2.53
Penalties
0.25
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.55
0.30
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
13
10.00
Shots on Target Conceded
4.33
4.15
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.08
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
13
11
Yellow Cards
1.60
2.45
Red Cards
0.10
0.05

Injuries

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  5. Tendon injury image description
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Suspended

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