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Barcelona’s close to another La Liga title. Can they get closer Saturday?
FC Barcelona, the reigning La Liga champions (and winners of seven titles in the past decade), are poised to do it again. Their 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on April 6 took them one crucial step closer to locking up the 2018-19 title, and the coronation could come in the next few weeks. If that’s to change, it’ll have to start with this Saturday’s match against Real Sociedad, a solid if not spectacular Spanish side. It’s the first of three league matches in eight days for Barcelona, preceding their marquee matchup with Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Here’s what you need to watch Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad online for free.
Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad
- When: 2:45pm ET, Saturday, April 20
- Where: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
- Streaming: beIN SPORTS
Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad live stream: Watch La Liga for free
Each of the following services carries beIN SPORTS, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, and UniMás all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad: Why It Matters
For Barcelona fans, it’s a chance to watch the team as currently constituted in the friendly confines of Camp Nou. Lionel Messi, now in his 30s with no signs of slowing, is on another goal-a-match clip this season, Luis Suarez continues to be a reliable scoring source, and the pickup of rugged Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal has added additional veteran stability to the squad (plus the entertainment value he brings with his motor and his mohawk). Real Sociedad, currently 10th in the La Liga standings, is one of the better sides remaining on Barca’s La Liga schedule. Captained by Spain national team veteran Asier Illaramendi, American fans will also recognize Adnan Janujaz, who spent five seasons featuring at Manchester United before moving to La Liga in 2017, and Hector Moreno, a mainstay of the Mexican national team, rumored to be moving to MLS for Inter Miami’s inaugural 2020 season.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.