Barcelona have their toughest match in the Copa Del Rey when they come up against Real Sociedad in the quarter finals of the competition. Barcelona thrashed Ceuta 5-0 in the last round and are coming from a 1-0 win over Getafe in La Liga. They come into this match unbeaten in 11 matches and will be hoping to avoid what happened the last time they met a top flight team in this competition. Athletic Bilbao was the last La Liga opponent for Barcelona in this competition and they eliminated Barcelona at the Round of 16 last year. Barcelona will be favored by their scoring run, strength in defence, home form as well as a superior head-to-head record over Sociedad. They have scored two or more goals in each of their last four Copa del Rey matches and have three clean sheets in the last five matches, while they have just one loss in 11 home games. Barcelona have four straight wins over Sociedad as they come into this game.
Real Sociedad are coming into this game on a strong run in their own right too. They are on seven straight wins, with clean sheets in six of those seven matches. In the last round in this competition, Sociedad beat Mallorca 1-0 to advance to this stage. They do have a consistent scoring run, netting two or more goals in three of their last five matches. Five of their last six matches have however produced under 2.5 goals and their scoring run against Barcelona hasn’t also been great. Sociedad have four straight away wins, and they have kept clean sheets in all those four matches.
Two sides with good defensive runs are set to face off here, in a tight game that doesn’t hold much promise for high scores. These two sides have done well in their recent matches, with plenty of clean sheets as well as wins but the scores have mostly stayed low, which we still expect here. Our prediction for Barcelona v Real Sociedad is under 2.5 goals.