Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: how and where to watch - times, TV, online
All the information you need to know on how and where to watch Barcelona host Real Sociedad at Camp Nou (Barcelona) on 16 December at 21:00 CET.
One of the biggest matches in LaLiga so far this season will be taking place on Wednesday 16 December, with Barcelona taking on leaders Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.
The game offers both sides the chance of moving on from the weekend, where Barcelona were unconvincing against Levante, winning thanks only to a Messi goal late on. Real Sociedad, despite flying high in table, were unable to pick up all three points at home against Eibar. If you are in the US you can tune in to Barcelona - Real Sociedad on Fanatiz.
Over-dependent on Messi
The game against Levante seemed to underscore just how much Barça depend on Lionel Messi’s best possible version turning up if they want any chance at all of being in the hunt for LaLiga title come the end of the season. And that's not a pleasant situation for the Catalan club, taking into account the constant rumors that place the Argentinian superstar away from the team next season, after his disastrous attempt to leave this summer.
The match against Juventus worsened the situation
The situation for the Blaugranes got worse when they lost the top spot in their Champions League group - something that had seemed almost impossible - after Juventus crushed them 0-3, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two goals.
However, Ronald Koeman’s men, eighth in the table, nine points behind their opponents, will be looking to improve their numbers and take advantage of the fact that this will be the second of three consecutive matches at Camp Nou in the domestic tournament (Levante, Real Sociedad and Valencia).
Real Sociedad not at their best?
Moreover, the Basque squad, with two more matches played than Barça, haven’t won any of their last six games, including the Europa League matches, although it’s also true that they were not defeated in any of them (all draws).
Barcelona won’t be able to call upon the services of Ousmane Dembélé, with a hamstring problem, while Gerard Piqué and Ansu Fati are out for a long while. Sergio Roberto, who recently tested positive for coronavirus, is recovering from a thigh issue.
The good news for the Dutch coach is that defender Samuel Umtiti is back again waiting for his opportunity to start at centre-back. Messi will play from the start and he will likely partner with Antpoine Griezmann, although Pedri has also chances to be in the starting XI.
Elustondo out, Oyarzábal travels with the team
As for the visitors, they also have injuries, with Aritz Elustondo out with rib issues, while Mikel Oyarzábal, who looked likely to be unavailable for the match, has in the end traveled with the team to Barcelona. David Silva will miss out the game.
In his bid to cause an upset at the Camp Nou, Imanol Alguacil will probably include Portu and Adnan Januzaj in the starting team, while Nacho Monreal and Martin Zubimendi could also join them.
What time does the Barcelona vs Real Sociedad match start?
The 2020/2021 LaLiga match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad will be played at Camp Nou (Barcelona) and will kick off at 21:00 CET on Wednesday 16 December 2020.
That's 20:00 in the UK, 15:00 ET and 12:00 PT.
Find out what time Barcelona v Real Sociedad gets underway where you are in the world.
Where can I watch Barcelona vs Real Sociedad?
No matter where you are on the planet, you can see what channel the Barcelona vs Real Sociedad match is available on here.
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga, Movistar+, Mitele Plus.
United Kingdom: LaLigaTV, Premier Player HD.
United States: Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS.
Is the Barcelona vs Real Sociedad game online?
Barcelona-Real Sociedad is available in most nations through the rights holders’ online platform, if they have one. The best option is to check who is showing the game in your country and if they have an online service or Ios/Android app to watch it on.
For example, Fanatiz is a dedicated streaming platform in the US and in the UK, Premier Player has a streaming service. Movistar + in Spain are showing the LaLiga games.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: AS English live coverage
You can also follow our live text commentary, with all the key statistics, here on AS English. We will be building up to the match throughout the day before giving you a minute-by-minute account as it unfolds.
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