Predicted Teams Barcelona-Real Sociedad: Strong line-ups with midfield dominating debate for Xavi Hernandez


Barcelona face Real Sociedad at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in their penultimate home game of the season, with a chance to move back to second place above Girona, after their Catalan neighbors drew with Alaves on Friday. La Real looks like it could be a tough challenge.

Xavi Hernandez will miss Gavi, Alejandro Balde and Frenkie de Jong, while Andreas Christensen is believed to be suffering from an injury, but is expected to start for Sport. The question mark for Xavi appears to be in midfield, where the Catalan newspaper believes Pedri will return to the starting lineup.

Marca also believes Pedri will start with Rafinha ahead of him on the left, and there are no further changes following their defeat to Girona. With Aihen Munoz, Martin Zubimendi, Igor Zubeldia, Carlos Fernandez and Javi Galan replacing Imanol Alguacil, there are many doubts about La Real's XI. The Madrid-based daily believes that Alguacil will surprise with five players in defence, Benat Torrents in midfield and Cheraldo Becker, Mikel Oyarzabal's partner in attack.

The manager is conflicted with Barcelona's line-up, with Fermin Lopez ahead of Pedri, but they are more in line with their Catalan counterparts in La Real's line-up, believing Alguacil will stick to a 4-3-3 formation. They feel Kieran Tierney will return from injury in time for the game, in place of John Aramburu, and Hamare Traoré will replace Alvaro Odriozola.

Lopez will make Barcelona more direct and vertical, as he does five at the back for Real Madrid, and will look to exploit Becker's pace at the back. Overall, this would be a departure from style for Txuri-Urdin, who generally try to set the tone wherever possible.





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