Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
There will be fireworks when Real Sociedad and Barcelona face each other at Reale Arena in the La Liga round 33. The Basques are eyeing a spot in European competitions, and their fine form is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s derby. Joseba Zaldua is back from suspension, while David Silva serves a one-game ban this time out. All Oyarzabal, Monreal, Fernandez, and Barrentxea should miss out with injuries.
Barca, on the other hand, aim to put an extra pressure on league leaders Real Madrid. Xavi’s men have been producing excellent displays in 2022, but seeing that they do not enjoy playing at Reale Arena, we are tempted to put our money on draw. All Samuel Umtiti, Moussa Wague, Sergi Roberto, and Pedri are likely to miss the game with injuries, while Ronald Araujo returns from suspension. Both Pique and Fati have recovered from their respective injuries.
Highlighted Player (Mikel Oyarzabal):
Intelligence is not an attribute you will find in Mikel Oyarzabal’s stats with Real Sociedad but this tricky winger is a highly knowledgeable winger who will use both brain and feet while playing. For a player born in Eibar, who made his first steps in his hometown club, it was always going to be a choice between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad for Oyarzabal.
La Real saw their chance and grabbed this gem of a player at a young age, helping him develop into a proper professional throughout their youth ranks. Mikel Oyarzabal has spent the entirety of his senior career with the Basque behemoths where he’d use his ability to fill in a number of positions up top much to his own benefit.
Oyarzabal’s positioning and movement are work of a tactical genius, whereas it is his nous to find details to exploit that best define him as a player. Having come through the youth categories of the Spanish national team, Oyarzabal also has a senior cap next to his name. It was in 2016 that he also represented the Basque region, scoring on his debut to cap a 3-1 win over Tunisia.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.