Barcelona have endured their worst start to a La Liga season since 2002-03 and desperately need a positive result from the upcoming contest with Real Betis. The Blaugrana sit in 12th, eight points adrift of bitter rivals Real Madrid and four behind this weekend’s opponents who flirted with relegation last term.
Where and when: Camp Nou, Barcelona – 7 November, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Real Betis: LaLigaTV
Last time: Clement Lenglet was the unlikely hero during the five-goal thriller in February. Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Nabil Fekir and Sergio Canales were all on the scoresheet.
Barcelona v Real Betis Predictions and Preview
The pressure is on Ronald Koeman after a dismal domestic start to the campaign. The Blaugrana legend was not a popular appointment and the writing could already be on the wall, particularly after Josep Bartomeu’s abrupt resignation as president.
Potential successor Victor Font has made no secret of his desire to bring in Xavi as manager, while Joan Laporta is trying to convince Pep Guardiola to return to the dugout.
The former Ajax tactician is too experienced to be distracted and all focus will be on the next encounter. Koeman will be without playmaker Philippe Coutinho who suffered a hamstring injury in the 3-1 defeat by Los Blancos.
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Ousmane Dembele deputised for the Brazilian in the 1-1 draw with Alaves and should get another opportunity alongside Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati with compatriot Antoine Griezmann leading the line.
The Frenchman has endured a difficult period since moving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 but if he can stay fit, is a genuine asset. The world champion is 7/5 to strike anytime, while the prodigiously talented Ansu Fati is available at 13/10.
Messi is 9/4 to open proceedings and has five goal contributions from eight appearances. Griezmann is 5/1 to break the deadlock and big things are expected of the forward this season after Luis Suarez was let go earlier in the summer. Barcelona are 4/11 to pick up a priceless victory.
Elsewhere, Manuel Pellegrini has no new personnel issues. The Premier League winning coach during his time with Manchester City has plenty of options and there are some familiar faces for Gerard Pique and company with Marc Bartra and Cristiano Tello turning out for Los Verdiblancos.
One to watch for Barcelona: Pedri shone in the Champions League triumph over Juventus and Koeman will have no hesitation selecting the midfielder on a more regular basis. The teenager, who has drawn comparisons to Andres Iniesta, is 16/1 to hit the last effort.
One to watch for Real Betis: Canales has earned international recognition over the last 18 months and has rebuilt his career after a number of serious injuries. The Santander native is 9/2 to net anytime.
Long shot: Barcelona have not won a league match since October 1 and Koeman will be acutely aware of the widening gap between the Blaugrana and their main challengers for the title. There is also added spice after Los Verdiblancos skipper Joaquin mocked his old boss and the Dutchman may use the veteran’s words to fuel his troops. A 3-0 success for the home dressing room is 17/2.