Lionel Messi & Neymar
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (left) scored a brace in the Champions League win over RomaReuters

High-flying Barcelona could go seven points clear at the top of the La Liga table with a victory over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on 28 November.

Where to watch

There will be no live TV coverage of the game in the UK.

Overview

Barcelona won their fifth straight match across all competitions in midweek, thrashing Serie A side Roma 6-1 to seal their progress to the Champions League knockout stages. Lionel Messi marked his first start for the club in two months by netting a brace, with Luis Suarez (2), Gerard Pique and Adriano completing the rout.

Sergi Roberto could sit out the visit of Real Sociedad after he went off with a sprained ankle against Roma, but Javier Mascherano, who suffered a thigh injury could return. Long-term knee injury victim Rafinha may remain on the sidelines as well.

Real Sociedad put the David Moyes era firmly behind them last weekend as they made a winning start under new boss Eusebio Sacristan against Sevilla. Imanol Agirretxe and Xabi Prieto netted in the second half to give the Basque outfit their first win at Anoeta this season.

Midfielder David Zurutuza and forward Jonathas are both sidelined through injury, but Oier Olazabal, Alain Oyarzun and Raul Navas have all recovered from knocks and could feature at the Nou Camp.

What managers say

Luis Enrique: "When you see your players having fun out on the pitch, you're happy. Of course we can still improve a lot of things. In a sport as complex as football, there's always room for improvement. We're in a good moment and we have to take full advantage. I see the fans enjoying this team. I see the players really wanting to get involved and I see the faces of those who can't participate and they really want to."

Eusebio Sacristan: "I'm very happy because it was a very good performance from us [against Sevilla]. We displayed good sensations and [this performance] is the way forward for us. You start a game with a new coach and different nuances to your game against quality opponents, and it allows you to best assess what you worked on during the international break. It's something that I'm pleased about. There will be opportunities for everyone. I'm looking for competition because it will only benefit the team."

Form guide

  • Barcelona (all competitions): W W W W W
  • Last result: Barcelona 6-1 Roma (Champions League)
  • Real Sociedad: W L L W L
  • Last result: Real Sociedad 2-0 Sevilla

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Barcelona win: 1/14
  • Draw: 12
  • Real Sociedad win: 25

Team news

Barcelona possible XI: Bravo; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.

Real Sociedad possible XI: Rulli; Elustondo, Gonzalez, Martinez, Berchiche; Illarramendi, Pardo; Bruma, Prieto, Canales; Agirretxe.