Barcelona vs Real Betis predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Catalans aim to end a four game winless streak in the league.
- DATE: Saturday 7th November 2020
- KICK-OFF: 16:15 (local time)
- VENUE: Camp Nou
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Barcelona vs Real Betis Preview
Barcelona face Betis in one of the most eye-catching fixtures this week. There are certain common themes here with both sides trying to find their feet under new management on the back of disappointing seasons. Neither coach was rewarded with much in the way of fresh recruits in the summer though and both teams are certainly something of a work in progress.
The good news for Barça is that they’ve made a strong start in Europe, winning all of their opening three Champions League games including a 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in midweek. That takes away a lot of pressure from their final three group fixtures after the international break and Ronald Koeman will be able to rest key players, a luxury that neither Zinedine Zidane nor Diego Simeone will have.
That will be a welcome boost as Barcelona look to turn around what is already an 8 point deficit on Real Madrid in LaLiga. There’s still of course a long, long way to go in the season but there is genuine pressure on the Catalans to end a poor four game winless streak in the league in this game.
As for Real Betis it has been a mixed start to life under Manuel Pellegrini with four wins and four defeats from their eight matches. Overall, Betis followers will probably be more encouraged than discouraged by what they’ve seen, certainly taken in the context of the last couple of years which saw the promising Setien era end in disappointment before the struggles of Rubi last term where they failed to find any kind of clear identity.
Betis come into this one after a 3-1 victory over Elche last weekend and they will take some encouragement from having already chalked up two road wins, a significant achievement given how poor they were away from the Benito Villamarin last term.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Barcelona Wins, 1 Betis Win.
- Barca have won all 3 meetings since a famous 4-3 Betis win here in 2018.
- All of the last 5 meetings have produced at least 5 goals.
- Barcelona were 5-2 and 3-2 winners in their games against Real Betis last season.
The return of Marc-Andre ter Stegen in midweek is a major boost for Barcelona but Philippe Coutinho is still out injured.
Martin Montoya is back from a ban for Betis but Andrés Guardado remains a fitness concern.
Predicted Barca Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Roberto – De Jong, Busquets – Fati, Messi, Dembele – Griezmann (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Betis Starting Lineup:
Bravo – Moreno, Bartra, Mandi, Emerson – Rodriguez, Carvalho – Tello, Canales, Fekir – Sanabria (4-2-3-1)
Barcelona vs Real Betis Predictions
Score Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis
Barcelona have been left frustrated by well organised defensive efforts from the likes of Getafe and Alaves in recent weeks. It’s questionable though whether Betis really have that kind of ‘backs to the wall’ defensive effort that might deliver a result in their locker and this kind of match may be more to Barça’s suiting.
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