Barcelona will look to mark a new era at the club with a win over Real Sociedad

In their first match since electing a new club president, Barcelona can start their new era in style with an important win against a resolute Real Sociedad side this weekend.

As a new era begins in Catalonia, newly-appointed Barcelona president, Joan Laporta swore to return trophies, success and positivity to the club in the wake of the calamitous reign of Josep Bartomeu's troubled regime.

After months of controversy, alleged corruption and legal disputes, it feels as though the club is finally getting back on track behind the scenes, sparking a renewed sense of optimism between staff, players and fans alike.

But it isn't just off-field matters that have significantly improved at the Camp Nou in recent weeks - Champions League elimination aside, Ronald Koeman's team have won 12 of their last 16 games in all competitions, losing two games and drawing the others respectively.

In addition to this, they have significantly reduced the deficit between themselves and Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race to just four points and a colossal comeback at home to Sevilla secured them a Copa del Rey final fixture against Real Sociedad.

After decimating a struggling Huesca side, Blaugrana will next turn their attention to a trip to the Basque Country for an encounter with a well-established Real Sociedad side on Sunday night.

Imanol Alguicil's team currently sit fifth in the league and are currently continuing on their run towards a push for European football next season, after a number of important results propelled them towards the top.

Despite this impressive run of form and draws against Real Madrid in La Liga and Manchester United in the Europa League, there has been a slight on-field unrest for La Reales, who were eliminated by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on aggregate and fell to a 1-0 defeat at Granada in their last La Liga game.

There will be no better way for Lionel Messi and co. to mark a new period of history for the Catalonian giants than with a convincing win over tough opposition, and given their form in previous games, they stand a significant chance.

Tip of the fixture

Ronald Koeman's men will be determined to see in a new era at the club with at least one trophy, and they're not going to give up the league easily, another win against Sociedad will stand them in good stead for a late push.

Paddy Power are offering odds of 11/5 for Barcelona to be winning at half-time and full-time.

Stat attack

The legendary Lionel Messi is the top scorer of this fixture's history with 16 goals, nine clear of second place, which is occupied by the late great Spaniard and Blaugrana legend, Cesar Rodriguez.

Koeman's side have won 91 of the 161 games played between the two sides throughout history, averaging out as a win ratio of 56%, with La Reales winning just 33 games (20%) and the two teams have drawn on 37 occasions.

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On September 10, 1950 at the Camp Nou, Barcelona recorded their highest-ever recorded win against Sociedad, in a La Liga fixture of the 1950/51 season, winning 8-2.

La Reales haven't beaten Blaugrana in all competitions in their last 12 times of asking, drawing two and losing 10 - with their last win coming in the 2015/16 La Liga season with a 1-0 victory at home.

Barcelona have scored 318 of the 483 goals scored in the history of the fixture, with Sociedad scoring 165.

Memorable matches

FC Barcelona 5-2 Real Sociedad

Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg

January 26, 2017

It was the Suarez show at the Camp Nou - but not entirely in the way you'd think - as Blaugrana hit five past Sociedad to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Former Manchester City forward Denis Suarez opened the scoring in this tie to make it 2-0 on aggregate before the magical Lionel Messi made it three from the penalty spot.

In a second half which saw six goals scored, Sociedad pulled a goal back through an audacious lob from Juanmi before Luis Suarez immediately responded a minute later to put Barcelona two goals to the good once more.

The deficit was cut to just one again when Willian Jose powered a header Cillessen, but in trademark Barcelona fashion they one-upped their opponents yet again, when Arda Turan slid in at the back post to make it four.

Rounding off a routine victory for Barca, Denis Suarez completed his brace, running rings around Rulli to tap into an empty goal after an inch-perfect pass from Lionel Messi.

FC Barcelona 4-0 Real Sociedad

La Liga

November 28, 2015

An MSN masterclass kept Barcelona four points clear at the top of La Liga after a super performance saw them brush aside Sociedad in Catalonia, with a brace and an assist from Neymar being the standout performance on the night.

The Brazilian broke the deadlock after 20 minutes, coolly placing the ball past Rulli after a well-worked move from Blaugrana, another superb South American in Luis Suarez double the host's advantage on the stroke of half-time with a sublime volley.

The Brazilian added a second just eight minutes into the second half before a customary Lionel Messi goal wrapped things up, who celebrated with his team despite speculation linking him to Manchester City.

Blaugrana continued their immaculate run of form in La Liga having picked up 33 points in 13 games and scoring 14 goals in their previous three.

FC Barcelona 5-1 Real Sociedad

La Liga

August 19, 2012

A first-half goal frenzy in Catalonia helped Barcelona decimate Sociedad 5-1 at the Camp Nou, thanks to Messi, Pedro and David Villa.

Carles Puyol opened the scoring with a rare goal from an outswinging corner, giving the hosts the lead in just four minutes before La Reales swiftly responded with an equaliser just five minutes later to draw level.

Hungry as ever, Messi had quickly grabbed the game by the reigns and scored a quickfire double before the 20-minute mark - a tale of two goals, the Argentine opened his account with a superb strike from range before grabbing his second with an instinctive half-volley.

Pedro made it 4-1 on the stroke of half-time, before Villa - in his first competitive match of 2012 - finished off a much less eventful second half with an important goal to record a ceremonious win for Barcelona.

The three points were the first of the 2012/13 season and also an opening league victory of Tito Vilanova's reign in the Barca hotseat.

FC Barcelona 3-2 Real Sociedad

La Liga

April 15, 2017

Another five-goal first half, except this time it was a lot closer and a goalless second half followed, with the understandable difference of Lionel Messi settling the tie in favour of Barcelona.

The hosts led for all of the game, and went in front through the Argentine winger, who scored a superb free-kick past Rulli before grabbing his second 20-minutes later through a simple tap-in at the back post.

La Reales were provided with a slight foothold in the game when Samuel Umtiti put the ball in his own goal, but Alcacer re-extended the advantage to two.

Sociedad were given another glimmer of hope when Xabi Prieto scored on the stroke of half-time but a goalless second half meant that Barca saw out another well-earned victory in Catalonia.

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