The post-Lionel Messi era begins for Barcelona on Sunday when it hosts Real Sociedad at Camp Nou to open the teams' 2021-22 Spanish LaLiga Primera seasons. Messi led Barca to 10 La Liga championships, but he has moved on to Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona (24-7-7) finished third last season and comes into the new season dealing with injuries, including new addition Sergio Aguero. But Memphis Depay also joins the attack, and Barca has more depth than Real Sociedad (17-11-10), which finished fifth in 2020-21.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Barcelona as the -150 favorite (risk $150 to win $100) in its latest Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad odds, with Sociedad the +400 underdog and a draw priced at +300. The over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before locking in any Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona picks, make sure you check out the LaLiga predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's soccer guru Martin Green.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated more than $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has set his sights on Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad and just revealed his LaLiga picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his expert picks. Here are several odds and trends for Read Sociedad vs. Barcelona:
- Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad: Barcelona -0.5 (-150)
- Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad over-under: 2.5 goals
- Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad money line: Barcelona -150, Real Sociedad +400, Draw +300
- Barcelona: It is on a 13-game unbeaten run (10-3-0) against Real Sociedad.
- Real Sociedad: Alexander Isak has 49 goals in 116 career club matches (79 starts).
Why you should back Barcelona
The Blaugranes will greatly miss their Argentinian talisman, who had a league-leading 30 goals last season. But manager Ronald Koeman has plenty of depth to fill in for injured stars Aguero, midfielder Frenkie de Jong and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite are dangerous options up top, and young star Pedri and veteran Sergio Busquets are playmakers in midfield. Barca outscored its opponents 14-3 in going 4-0-1 in five friendly matches, including a 3-0 win against Juventus with goals from Depay and Griezmann.
Barcelona is 27-1-0 against Real Sociedad in the past 28 home meetings, It scored 26 more goals than the Foxes last season (85-59) as both teams yielded 38, tied for fourth-fewest in the league. Veteran Brazilian Neto, who has four clean sheets in nine starts the past two seasons and a career 76-percent save percentage, will start in net. Stalwarts Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique feature on a strong back line that includes young star Sergino Dest. Barcelona led La Liga in possession (65.8 percent) and put almost 40 percent of its shots on target last season.
Why you should back Real Sociedad
The Blue and Whites overachieved last season, posting their highest finish in league play since 2012-13. They had a mixed bag in preseason play, with losses to Osasuna and Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, and they were 5-2-3 in their final 10 games last season. They took 29 points (8-5-6) from their road games, while Barcelona was 13-3-3 at Camp Nou. Sociedad lacks quality depth and has done little to improve, but it has a strong starting 11 that features David Silva, Mikel Oyarzabal and Alexander Isak. Real Sociedad scored 58 goals in 38 games last season.
Isak was named La Liga's Young Player of the Year last season after scoring 17 goals in 34 matches, and the 21-year-old Swede could cause trouble for the aging Barca defense. Oyarzabal is just 23 and will also pose problems after scoring 11 goals and setting up 11 last season. The 34-year-old Silva, who had five assists last season, knows all the tricks of most of his countrymen and has a field vision few can match. Mikel Merino, 25, scored twice and had four assists and should play a critical role along with Martin Zubimendi, 22, in support of Silva.
How to make Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona picks
Green is leaning under on the goal total. He's also locked in three strong best bets, two of which return plus-money payouts. Head to SportsLine to see his LaLiga analysis and top picks.
So who wins Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the top Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad picks, all from the European soccer expert who has generated over $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and find out.