Valverde To Make A Lot Of Changes | 4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Real Sociedad

Barcelona will travel to the Anoeta Stadium to face off against Real Sociedad this weekend looking to get another win on the road. The Catalan outfit are enjoying an excellent run of form, having emerged victorious in each of their past seven matches on all fronts.

Ernesto Valverde is expected to opt for a 4-3-3 formation and will name his strongest first-team for this encounter away at Basque Country.

4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Real Sociedad

Defence

Marc Andre ter Stegen will return in goal for the Catalan giants after being rested in midweek. Gerard Pique is expected to operate alongside Clement Lenglet at the centre of the Barca backline. They will both have their hands full while up against Sociedad’s Willian Jose, who has scored seven goals this season. 

Sergio Roberto will start in the right-back position while Junior Firpo will keep his place on the other side as the left-back. Jordi Alba is a major doubt for this game as he is carrying a thigh injury. The La Liga leaders have kept just one clean sheet in their past five matches across all competitions so Valverde will be desperate for his defenders to keep a shutout at the back this weekend.

Midfield

The away side might set up with a midfield three of Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong as they look to establish their dominance at the centre of the park. All three midfielders will have to work collectively towards creating some clear-cut chances against a tricky Sociedad team.

Arturo Vidal will be a part of the Barca bench and might get a chance to feature in this game if required. However, Arthur won’t be available for this contest due to injury.

Attack

Barcelona’s frontline will be comprised of Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. The talented trio will focus on scoring a few goals versus Imanol Alguacil’s men on Saturday so that the Catalans can consolidate the position at the top of the league table.

Both Ansu Fati and Carles Perez will have to settle for a place on the bench. However, Ousmane Dembele is still sidelined because of a thigh injury and won’t play again for Barca until February.

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Abhinab Ghosh

A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.