La Liga Soccer Picks: Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad

Lee Phelps

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:44 PM GMT

Wednesday, May. 6, 2015 9:44 PM GMT

Barcelona's march towards three trophies should continue this weekend with the visit of Real Sociedad. William Hill's Lee Phelps has been looking for the best odds for his free betting pick.

Barcelona are on the crest of an historic treble. Leading La Liga by two points from Real Madrid, a cup final against Athletic Club to come (if the authorities allow it) and a three goal lead heading to Munich and heavy soccer odds on to reach the final.

 

Barcelona
Wednesday night’s win against Bayern showed everything Barca have this season: patience, defensive stability and sensational players. Luis Suarez had an ‘off’ night, so Lionel Messi stepped up and Neymar bagged a goal in their 3-0 win.

Domestically they are flying too. La Liga soccer odds makers know that since drawing at Sevilla, they have played four times, scoring 20 goals and keeping four clean sheets, including six and eight nil wins in the last two. The Catalan giants are unbeaten in 11 league games (W10 D1); their best run of the season.

Barcelona have won their last 16 league meetings with Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou, while Messi has scored in the last four meetings between these sides at the Nou Camp (six goals in total). If he scores here, Messi will have netted in seven straight league games for the first time since his remarkable run of 21 which ended in May 2013.

Although Suarez missed chances against the German champions, he’s been in incredible form recently notching his first La Liga hat-trick in the demolition job on Cordoba.

 

Real Sociedad
The Basques have only won one of their last 18 away league games, drawing nine and losing eight. In fact they have the second worst away record in the division, with 11 points, behind only second bottom Granada who have 10 points.

The only ray of hope I can give David Moyes; team is the fact they are the only team to have ever played in La Liga to have won their most recent two games against Barcelona, though both came on home soil.

Moyes started his Spanish career doing what he does best, setting up organised teams who thwart their opponents, but that seems to have drifted as the season has rolled on, in fact they have just won their first game in seven. They have also only scored three goals in their last six away games.

 

Soccer Picks
Even with the Champions League trip to Munich looming large, I expect Barca to dispatch Sociedad, but I also expect Moyes to return to type here and try to slow Barca down.

I enjoyed success with bets revolving around Messi and Co scoring more goals in their second half of games earlier in the season. Their home goals tally reads 60 with 32 of them coming after the break. That stat has been changed by the 6-0 over Getafe win though. Five of them came in the first 45 minutes, so before that the stat was 54 goals score with 31 in the second half.

I’m going back to it again at 1.95 (19/20) with my soccer picks

Free Soccer Pick: Barcelona’s highest scoring half: Second. 1.95 (19/20)

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