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Real Sociedad welcome Barcelona to the Anoeta Stadium for the second leg of the semi-final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 9:00pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD.


Barcelona managed to register a 2-0 victory against Sociedad in the first leg of the semi-final played at Camp Nou last Wednesday. Sergio Busquets put the hosts in the lead before half-time followed by which the visitors had Inigo Martinez sent-off for dissent after the referee's reluctance to give his side a penalty, moments before the goal.

Gerardo Martino's men were gifted a second goal as Gorka Elustondo's attempted clearance went inside the post after rebounding off his own goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai.

The Catalan giants will look to build on their two-goal ladvantage in the second leg and will be eager to seal their win to set up a mouth-watering El Clasico clash against Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti's side registered a 5-0 aggregate win against derby rivals Atletico Madrid in the other semi-final of this competition winning the first and the second leg, 3-0 and 0-2 respectively.

Meanwhile, Sociedad's form in the last three matches in all competitions have been disappointing. Jagoba Arrasate's side are without a win in those fixtures, managing a draw and suffering two defeats without managing to register a single goal against their opponents.

Cristian Tello
Cristian Tello [Reuters]

In their last league fixture, the Basque club failed to beat Levante at home as the game ended in a goalless draw and sit sixth in the league table with 37 points from 23 matches.

However, the reigning Spanish champions are favourites to progress into the final of the Copa del Rey. They currently sit on top of the La Liga table after 23 games with 57 points possessing superior goal difference against both the Spanish capital outfits who have the same points tally.

What Managers Say

Jagoba Arrasate: "I'm the first to believe and dream, although being aware that it will be very complicated, but now we have a chance. To realise that chance, the first thing to do is believe. The team also looks convinced to me and hopefully we'll experience a magical night at Anoeta."

Gerardo Martino: "We can't allow them to be protagonists. We are only 90 minutes from qualifying for one of the three finals of the season and I think it's a good idea that all of us be there. It's very important to secure a place in the final of the Copa del Rey. Every team can improve. We need to own the match, not let our rivals be protagonists."

Team Form

Antoine Griezmann [Reuters]

Real Sociedad

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D L L W W
  • Last Result: Real Sociedad 0-0 Levante


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W L W W
  • Last Result: Sevilla 1-4 Barcelona

Team Guide

Real Sociedad

  • Injured: Dani Estrada (thigh), Esteban Granero (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Inigo Martinez

Probable Lineup: Zubikarai; C Martinez, Mikel, Ansotegi, Angel; Elustondo, Pardo; Prieto, Canales, Griezmann; Agirretxe


  • Injured: Jonathan dos Santos (knee), Neymar (ankle)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Pinto; Alves, Bartra, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Roberto, Fabregas; Pedro, Messi, Tello