Preview - Barcelona vs Real Betis 11 November 18

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Match Day 12
Barcelona vs Real Betis
Sunday, November 11th, 2018
23:15pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches form: D D W W W
Average goals per match: 2.82
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Luis Suárez (9)

Real Betis:
Last five matches form: W L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.73
Average goals against per match: 1.09
Top Scorer: Loren Morón (3)

Barcelona have certainly given the others in La Liga a chance to keep pace so far this season, having only won seven of their 11 games to date - respectable for most, but below their usual standards. No team has really been able to take advantage though and they head into Match Day 12 in their customary position atop the table. Next up its this clash with Real Betis who have been struggling of late.

Barcelona were dominant in this fixture last season. Winning this game 2-0 and coming out on top 5-0 in Betis.

Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti continue to be out for Barcelona. The home side look set to also be shorn of two of their most significant creative outlets with Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho unlikely to make this in time. Javi Garciá is the only confirmed absentee for Betis.

Barcelona's five game winning streak came to an end in the Champions League in midweek when drawing with Inter in Milan. They were much the better side in that contest though and will be fancied to take this even with those injuries to key players.

Betis also secured a draw with a Milan club in midweek when sharing the points with AC here in the Europa League. They are without a win in four in La Liga though and have won just one of their past eight league games on the road.

Whilst the results haven't been great for Real Betis on the road of late, they have proven tough to break down at times, keeping a clean sheet in four of their past eight. Without Coutinho and Messi Barca may not find it all that easy to break through, but we still fancy they will force the win.

Prediction: Barcelona 2 - 0 Real Betis


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 3 - 4
Shots:  17 - 14
Shots on target: 6 - 9
Corner Kicks: 10 - 5
Possession: 56% - 44%

Andres Guardado and Aissa Mandi were booked for Betis, with referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz also taking the names of Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal of Barcelona who also had Ivan Rakitic dismissed in the 81st minute for a second bookable offence.

The visitors struck first in the 20th minute. Junior Firpo receiving the ball on the left flank, working into the area before cutting inside and beating Marc-Andre Ter Stegen at his near post.

Real Betis then doubled their advantage in the 34th minute. A ball played in from the left making its way all the way across to the right where it was put back into the middle by Cristian Tello,  Joaquin sweeping into the bottom left from around ten yards. 0-2 at the break.

Barcelona were handed a way back into this in the 68th minute. Jordi Alba being hauled down in the area and Lionel Messi stepping up to convert into the top right.

However just three minutes later Betis restored their two goal cushion. A real calamity from Ter Stegen who got both hands to a Giovani Lo Celso strike which was straight down his throat, but could only flap the ball over his own head and into the back of the net.

Back game Barca who moved to within one again in the 79th minute. Munir El Haddadi played clean through in the area and slipping in Arturo Vidal as the keeper came out to meet him. Vidal finishing into the empty net.

And back game Betis. Junior Firpo through on the right hand side and fizzing a ball across the six yard box for Sergio Canales to finish on the slide.

Messi did get another goal for Barca in the second minute of stoppage time when finishing off a slick move from close range. Too late by then though. 3-4 final score.

Just when Barcelona threaten to begin to build up a lead at the top once again, they then throw in a performance to give hope to the chasing pack. They remain at the summit of La Liga, but are now just one point clear of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Deportivo Alaves. Cracking result for Betis who move up to twelfth.

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