Barcelona’s unbeaten record faces Real test

Barcelona head to Real Sociedad on Sunday in great form, fresh from a 5-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey and still unbeaten in La Liga.

Yet that record will come under pressure as Barca head to Estadio Anoeta, one of their least favourite away grounds, and a place where they have not won in La Liga for over a decade.

Rather incredibly the last time Barcelona returned from Anoeta with all three points was back in May 2007 when Frank Rijkaard at the helm.

In the seven La Liga meetings between the two sides since that game Barcelona have lost five and drawn twice.

It’s an absolutely awful record and one that Barcelona will be keen to put right. It’s also worth pointing out that Barca did win 1-0 there last season – but that was in the Copa del Rey.

It’s also a different story at home as Barca seem to have few problems beating Sociedad at Camp Nou. They have scored nine goals against them in their last three home clashes in La Liga, but away it’s a different story.

Even Ivan Rakitic seemed to admit after the win over Celta that the team were not particularly looking forward to Sunday’s trip.

Yet there is hope for Barca as Real Sociedad are having a tough season, although their home games have been entertaining and have seen 36 goals scored in just nine games – that’s the most in the division.

Sociedad have beaten Sevilla 3-1, drawn a remarkable game 4-4 with Real Betis and lost 3-2 to Valencia and 3-1 to Madrid, which makes them pretty unpredictable.

It also suggests there may well be plenty of goals on Sunday, but on current form it’s really hard to look past Barca ending their recent Anoeta jinx.

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