Preview - Real Betis vs Barcelona 22 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 21, 2018, 11:20 PM

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Real Betis vs Barcelona

Having suffered a first defeat since August, a 0-1 to city rivalsBarcelona will be looking to resume normal business when they visit Real Betis.

It should promise a thriller as Betis' matches are averaging 3.63. They have the third-best attack, which is a big surprise, but unfortunately, they own the league's fourth-worst defence.

Betis have won three of their past four in the Spanish top flight to move up to eighth, and manager Quique Setien believes their position affords his side some comfort ahead of the visit of the league leaders.

He said: "It is true that we are at a time when we are all very even in the intermediate zone of the table, a victory or a defeat will raise many positions or take them away.

Luis Suarez will come back into the starting line-up for Barcelona along with Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who were all rested in midweek.

Paulinho is a doubt, while Ousmane Dembele is facing another spell on the sidelines, but Samuel Umtiti is pressing for a return from an injury which has kept him out for nearly two months.

Betis boss Setien will watch the game from the stands, serving the final game of his three-match touchline ban.

The hosts have defensive duo Zouhair Feddal and Aissa Mandi available following suspension.

Prediction: Real Betis 1-4 Barcelona


Match Stats:

  • Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona
  • Shots: 6-13
  • Possession: 44%-56%
  • Corner kicks: 4-2

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice as Barcelona thumped Real Betis to move 11 points clear at the top of La Liga.

The visitors scored all five goals in a dominant second-half performance to extend their unbeaten league record.

Ivan Rakitic slotted in the opener before Messi hammered in a second soon after from the edge of the box.

Suarez's volley made it 3-0 before Messi's clinical strike and a curled effort from the Uruguay forward.

The former Liverpool striker's brace moves Suarez onto 100 La Liga goals in just 114 matches.

Messi, meanwhile, is the top scorer in the Spanish top flight with 19 goals from 20 games.

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