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Real Betis vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Sky Sports Football
21st January
19:45
Estadio Benito Villamarin

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Real Betis vs Barcelona predictions for this Sunday’s game in Spain’s La Liga as the Catalans face a testing trip to Seville. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

Real Betis vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Real Betis vs Barcelona Predictions

Barcelona to Win and Under 3.5 Match Goals at 19/10
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Correct Score Prediction

Barcelona 2-1 at 17/2
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Reason For Real Betis vs Barcelona Betting Tips

This is perhaps the standout fixture this weekend in the Spanish top flight. It sees a Betis side that have picked up some very encouraging recent results take on the runaway leaders. Barcelona can’t afford to think the title is in the bag though and their lead could be cut to 6 points by the time this one kicks off with Atleti strong favourites to win on Saturday.

For the second weekend running Barcelona have a potentially tricky away game. They fought back well to win at Real Sociedad last weekend and the way Betis have been playing of late, this is perhaps one of the bigger hurdles left as they aim to reclaim the Spanish title. The Catalan giants did suffer a setback in midweek though as they lost to city rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey but Ernesto Valverde will still be confident that his side is capable of winning both this game and securing cup progress next week.

Betis have long since been eliminated from the Copa del Rey but seem to be benefiting from the rest with two wins out of two so far in La Liga in 2018. They are one of the few sides in the division that can compete with Barcelona in the possession stakes so this will be an interesting game to watch from a tactical point of view.

The Seville side actually have the highest average home possession figures in La Liga, enjoying 60% of the ball on average but they may find converting that into chances difficult, against what is an underrated Barcelona defence. Gerard Pique signed a new contract this week and he remains a key figure at the back and a big reason why Barca have conceded just 0.47 goals per game this term in La Liga and boast a 60% clean sheet ratio away from home.

They do have the likes of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba to recall after the trio were rested in the Copa del Rey in midweek and that should help ensure they can match Betis in the energy stakes. They have an exceptional away record this season, winning 80% of their matches on the road in La Liga. The Catalans are also now unbeaten in 26 league games overall and are yet to taste defeat under Ernesto Valverde in the Spanish top flight and all those figures suggest this is still likely to produce an away win, despite Betis’ bright start to the year.

Quique Setien’s side have lost 3 of their last 4 home games in all competitions, so suggestions we could see Barca slip up again here are unlikely to come to fruition. Backing Barcelona to Win & Under 3.5 Goals looks good when you consider that 90% of their away league games have seen under 3.5 goals scored in total this term.

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Head To Head

Barcelona have won 5 of the last 6 meetings but they did drop points at Betis last season in a 1-1 draw. They’ve only won on 3 of their last 6 trips to play Betis in Seville.

Real Betis vs Barcelona Stats

  • Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga this season – this is the third occasion in the last nine seasons they have got to this stage without suffering a single defeat (also in 2009/10 and 2012/13).
  • Betis have won three of their last four La Liga matches (L1) -however they have only won one of their last 5 on home soil (D2 L2).
  • Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 13 La Liga matches against Betis (W10 D3), and could equal their best run against them in the competition (14 between 1943-1964).
  • Real Betis have not kept clean sheets against Barcelona in La Liga since September 2002 (W2 D7 L15).
  • If Messi provides an assist in this game, he will have set up a team mate in five consecutive La Liga matches for the first time in his career.
Real Betis
Barcelona
33%
BTTS
33%
33%
Over 2.5 Goals
83%
1.7
Goals For
2.7
1.9
Goals Against
0.5
2.4
Cards For
1.7
3.7
Corners For
5.5
7
Antonio Sanabria
Top Goalscorer
Lionel Messi
17

Real Betis Team News

Zouhair Feddal and Aissa Mandi are back from bans and should both return in central defence. Ryad Boudebouz should drop out while Cristian Tello is set to face his old club.

Barcelona Team News

Ousmane Dembele is set for another month out with a fresh injury. Several Barca players are carrying niggles including Paulinho and Andres Iniesta who will be assessed. Thomas Vermaelen should continue at centre-back.

Real Betis vs Barcelona Predictions

Barcelona to Win and Under 3.5 Match Goals at 19/10
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Correct Score Prediction

Barcelona 2-1 at 17/2
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