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Barcelona vs Real Sociedad Tips - Back Barca win and both teams to score
- La Liga Week 1 fixture will take place at Camp Nou on Sunday (19:00 BST)
- Barcelona start life without Lionel Messi
- Barca finished 3rd in the La Liga last season
- Real Sociedad placed 5th last season
- Barcelona have won their last 4 meetings against Real Sociedad
Barcelona are targeting a winning start in the post-Lionel Messi era. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)
The last time these teams met, Messi scored a double in a 6-1 victory in the Basque country but it could be former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite leading the line against Sociedad who have only made a couple of signings, Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan and Bournemouth left-back Diego Rico.
Braithwaite scored in the recent 3-0 pre-season win against Juventus in which new signing Memphis Depay broke the deadlock in the third minute.
Strangely, Barca have won this fixture by a one-goal margin in each of the last five seasons and are 13/5 to make it a sixth as one of Sunday’s La Liga betting tips.
Four of those wins were evenly split by 2-1 and 1-0 scorelines and those outcomes are 13/2 and 15/2 respectively, while a win and both teams to score is available at 2/1.
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