Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad/ Real Sociedad vs Barcelona/ Real Sociedad live/ Barcelona Live Barcelona looks to stop a two-match losing streak when it welcomes Real Sociedad to the Camp Nou on Saturday. Still three points back of Real Madrid, Barca will look to not slip up and stay close to the league leaders in the standings. Here’s what to know:What’s at stake: Three points in La Liga, with big-time implications. Barcelona wants to stay within striking distance of first-place Real Madrid, entering the day three back. For Real Sociedad, it’s a chance to inch closer to a top-four spot, currently sitting nine points back.
Player to watch: Real goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli. The talented Argentine has lots of experience and has had some success against Barca, but that’s come at home. On the road, he will be tested plenty and will have to come up big for the visitors to get anything out of this game.
Barcelona sit three points back of Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title. However, the Catalonia side will be without Neymar, who was suspended three games for a red card. Real Sociedad are sixth in the league table, two points ahead of Eibar and Athletic for the last European qualification spot.
In addition to Neymar, Barcelona will be without Javier Mascherano, Aleix Vidal, Arda Turan and Rafinha, who are all out with injuries. The Blaugrana lost in the Champions League on Tuesday to Juventus in Turin. The reigning Italian champions defeated Barcelona 3-0. Luis Enrique’s side have been disappointing lately, dropping games to Malaga and Deportivo in the past month.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are challenging each other for the La Liga goal title. Messi currently leads his Barcelona teammate by three goals. Suarez is tied with Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos for the lead in assists.
Real Sociedad have struggled since the start of May. Manager Eusebio Sacristan’s team has only managed to get seven points of a possible 18 over the past six weeks. Mexican international Carlos Vela is having another good season. Vela has scored seven goals and has added five assists.
In the first match between these sides this season, Barcelona cruised to a 5-2 victory. If Barcelona have any chance of catching Real Madrid for the La Liga title they need to win again. If Real Sociedad can steal a point from Barcelona, it would increase the likelihood that they will qualify for Europe next season.
Barcelona return to La Liga action after their Champions League humbling at Juventus, looking to close the gap on leaders Real Madrid with Real Sociedad the visitors to the Nou Camp.
Luis Enrique’s side were soundly beaten 3-0 in Turin in their quarter-final first leg, but while the second leg in Catalonia next week promises to be an altogether different scenario, they cannot afford to take the foot off the gas domestically.
Javier Mascherano is expected to miss the game through a calf injury picked up in midweek, while Neymar has been hit with a three-match ban in the Malaga defeat last weekend. Can Sociedad complete a miserable week for their hosts? Follow all the action with Sportsmail’s BEN GROUNDS. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.