Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona: Team News, Injury News, Preview

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJanuary 18, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona (R) duels for the ball with Mikel Gonzalez Martinez of Real Sociedad during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Camp Nou on August 19, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Real Sociedad hosts Barcelona on Saturday in the reverse La Liga fixture between the sides.

Last time these teams met, Barcelona picked up a 5-1 victory to kick off their league campaign (via ESPN Soccernet).

Since then, Barcelona has had an undefeated league campaign to top the table, while Sociedad are currently in ninth place.

Here's the latest team and injury news for both sides.


Real Sociedad Team News

Real Sociedad isn't heading into this game in the best form, having picked up one win, three draws and a loss in their last five games.

They are unbeaten at home in the last five, though, with one win and four draws.

There are no injury or suspension concerns for the side, which is good news considering the opposition.

Sociedad put up a good fight against Real Madrid a few weeks ago and will be hoping to make things uncomfortable for Barcelona on their home ground.

Barcelona Team news

Barcelona heads into this game with four wins and a draw in their last five games.

David Villa is likely to be unavailable as he missed the side's last league outing against Malaga (via ESPN Soccernet). Otherwise, the side is at full strength.

Barcelona will want to shrug off the disappointment of letting a lead slip away late-on in their Copa Del Rey tie against Malaga.

They play the second leg next week and will want to navigate this game well for preparation.


Real Sociedad Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)

Bravo; Martinez, Gonzalez, Martinez, De La Bella; Prado, Illarramendi; Vela, Prieto, Griezmann; Agirretxe


Barcelona Predicted Lineup (4-3-3)

Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Fabregas; Pedro, Messi, Iniesta