Only three games into the La Liga season and the top of the table makes for a familiar viewing. Barcelona top the table with the maximum 9 points, having a slightly better goal difference than their rivals Real Madrid, who have also won their first three matches.
Barcelona’s last match against Huesca had an astonishing ten goals, with Barca beating Huesca 8-2 in a crazy match. Both Messi and Suarez scored two goals each in that game. Prior to that match, they had a more standard scoreline of 1-0 in their win against Valladolid, before which they had kicked off the season with a 3-0 win over Alaves.
Real Sociedad should give Barcelona a much stronger test than their last run out. They have had a mixed start to their season, starting off with a win against Villareal, a draw with Leganes and a 2-1 defeat to Eibar who scored the winner in injury time.
Barcelona has welcomed their international stars back without any reported injuries. Messi and Pique will be fresh, as neither of them played over the break, with Pique retired and Messi currently considering his international future. Coutinho may be given a rest after he flew back from playing for Brazil on Wednesday. Real Sociedad’s Adnan Januzaj is likely to miss the game through injury.
Head to head results
Barcelona has won the last three matches between the two sides but not by big margins. Their last meeting ended in a narrow 1-0 win to Barcelona, the game before that 4-2 and in 2017 they had a narrow win again in a 3-2 victory.