Barcelona won 2-0 in the first leg and should be confident for qualification in the Copa del Rey final. But the Blaugrana side always had troubles at Anoeta and did not win on the road against Real Sociedad since 2007.
Real Sociedad is not in the best shape right now … 2 wins and 1 draw in the last 3 matches, no goals scored. Indeed, they played away at Barcelona and Atletico, but they could have done better a few days ago at home when Levante held them to a scoreless draw. But for sure Sociedad is having a good season overall (6th in the league) and was in good form before these 3 bad results. The good news for Sociedad is they lost only 3 matches at home this season in all competitions: against Atletico Madrid, Leverkusen and Shakhtar … and in the last 7 home matches they have 5 wins and 2 draws. Sociedad without Inigo Martinez for this game.
Real Sociedad lineup: Zubikarai – Zaldua, Ansotegi, M. Gonzalez, Jose Angel – Elustondo, Zurutuza – Vela, Griezmann, Xabi Prieto – Agirretxe
Barcelona in pretty good form … won 5 out of last 6 matches, had a great match in the weekend winning 4-1 at strong Sevilla. The catalans alternated great performances with lesser ones but overall they are in very good form this season and some criticism they are getting is totally undeserved … the team is on track in the league, the cup and Champions League. But indeed what changed from last seasons is that Barca is playing more prudent … they can steal beat anybody with 5 goals on any day but they do it less often than in the past. Barca probably without Neymar, Puyol, will also use a little rotation.
FC Barcelona lineup: Pinto – Dani Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba – Song, Iniesta, Fabregas – Tello, Messi, Pedro
Sociedad looked good in the first leg and now with home court advantage they should make this a close match. Barca’s qualification is pretty safe so I don`t think the visitors will risk more than they need, they will want to play a clever match and avoid potential surprises. Barca has such a tough time at Anoeta, not winning in 7 years, and I don`t think they will suddenly cruise to a big handicap victory here … especially with Sociedad very strong at home and much better overall than in last seasons. Also Barcelona will rest 2-3 players here. Sociedad can hold their own in this match and get a draw or lose a close game. They lost by more than 1 at home only vs. Shakhter (0-2) and they were very unlucky in that game. My tip is Sociedad +1,5 handicap. Correct score prediction would be Real Sociedad – FC Barcelona 1-1 or 1-2.