Barcelona are learning to cope without the departed Lionel Messi and it’s fair to say that he leaves a pretty big hole in the Catalans squad. Ronald Koeman has managed to sign Emerson from Real Betis along with Memphis Depay from Lyon and Sergio Aguero from Manchester City although there’s still the absence of arguably the world’s greatest player.

Antoine Griezmann might see this as an opportunity to play a starring role for Barca although we’re not convinced that the home side will get off to winning ways at the Nou Camp, with the team coming up against tough opponents who will be eyeing the chance to secure a top four spot.

Matt Ryan should be a solid pair of hands between the sticks and Diego Rico has also arrived in defence, with Alexander Isak the star man up top who impressed for Sweden during Euro 2020 and the youngster could have a breakthrough season when it comes to La Liga.

Mikel Oyarzabal is potentially destined to grab goals from his attacking midfield position and we think that Real Sociedad are worth backing with a one goal advantage, with a draw the potential outcome.

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