Real Betis vs. Barcelona – Match of the Day (Round 20)

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The Spanish LaLiga continues this weekend after matches in Copa del Rey, and there are a couple of intriguing matchups, but we picked the clash between Real Betis and Barcelona. The game will be played at Estadio Benito Villamarín on Sunday, January 21st. With plenty of picks and markets to choose from, don’t waste your time and join the action at BangTheBook.

Betis has been quite in the mood when it comes to scoring goals lately and we all know how good Barcelona is, so we could have ourselves a little spectacle on Sunday night. The hosts cannot say that they have a positive record against Blaugrana, but they certainly have the quality to create problems for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Real Betis vs. Barcelona

Three-Way: 1: Betis +700; X: +475 Draw; 2: Barcelona -303 at BetDSI Sportsbook

Spread +1.5: Betis +100; Barcelona -125

Total 3.5 goals: Over -152; Under +110

REAL BETIS

The Green and Whites won three out of the last five matches in LaLiga, but the last two were particularly pleasing as Betis scored eight goals against Sevilla and Leganes. They destroyed the city rivals 5-3 and then defeated Leganes 3-2 at home, thanks to a late penalty from Ruben Castro. QuiqueSetién’s side is currently in the 9th position with 27 points, only five behind Real Madrid who is in the 4th place, so Betis has a decent chance to fight for the European football. However, Barcelona is the biggest test they could face, and it will be interesting to see whether the hosts have the quality to resist such a huge opponent.

Betis played 21 games so far in the 2017/18, recording nine victories, three draws, and nine losses, with a goal difference of 38:42, which is 3.33 goals per contest on average. When it comes to home form, the Green and Whites were in a poor run of four matches without a win, but they managed to beat Leganes and snap the negative streak. They scored eight and conceded 12 goals in that span, so we should expect to see another high-scoring affair here, especially considering they’re facing Barcelona.

Sergio Leon is the team’s top scorer with eight goals in 19 appearances, while Antonio Sanabria with seven, and Christian Tello with six are following him on a goal-scoring chart. Tello will have a special motivation to perform well here as he is a former Barcelona player and never got a real chance to shine at Nou Camp. The Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado is the most creative individual with six assists to his name, while Joaquin and Tello added four dishes apiece. QuiqueSetién cannot count on Antonio Barragan (muscle), Joel Campbell (ankle), and Antonio Sanabria (knee).

BARCELONA

Blaugrana finally ended the horrific tradition at Anoeta and managed to beat Sociedad 4-2 even though the hosts took an early 2-0 lead. Suarez scored a brace, Paulinho and Messi bagged a goal apiece for a complete comeback that secured them a top spot in LaLiga, where Barca is lonely at the moment with eight goals more than Atletico Madrid and a game in hand. Ernesto Valverde’s side disappointed in the city derby against Espanyol as they lost 1-0 in the opening leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, and they are eager to bounce back with a win at Estadio Benito Villamarín.

Barcelona played 32 games in this campaign, recording 23 victories, six draws, and three losses, with a goal difference of 76:17, which is 2.90 goals per contest on average. Blaugrana is without an away defeat in the league, but after five consecutive road games when they found the net, Barcelona failed to do so against Espanyol.

Leo Messi is the team’s leading scorer with 23 goals in 29 appearances, and the good news for Barca is that Luis Suarez finally started scoring on regular basis, so the Uruguayan totaled 14 goals, while Paulinho has eight at the moment. Messi is the best assist-maker with 11 dishes to his name; Jordi Alba added nine assists, while Sergi Roberto has seven passes that led to the goal. Ernesto Valverde is without PacoAlcacer (muscle), OusmaneDembele (muscle), Samuel Umtiti (muscle), and Philippe Coutinho (hamstring), while Paulinho, Javier Mascherano, and Andres Iniesta are doubtful to feature.

Real Betis vs. Barcelona – Betting Trends and Match Prediction

  • Betis scored eight and conceded five goals in the last two games
  • Betis allowed at least a goal in the previous six at home
  • Barcelona scored in every LaLiga match on the road
  • Barcelona allowed three goals in the last four away matches

Betis didn’t taste a win over Barca since 2011 and Copa del Rey clash, while the Green and Whites are without a league victory over Barcelona since March 2008. Although the visitors are weakened for this tilt, I think Betis will have to wait for a few more years to beat them, but I do believe the hosts can find the net, so I am backing both teams to score and combine for three or more goals.

MY PICK: Both teams to score Yes and over 2.5 goals