Barcelona will be looking to get their third consecutive La Liga win on Saturday when they welcome Real Betis to the Nou Camp. The Catalans climbed up to seventh place after Xavi took over, but now face a tough Betis side that are currently fifth and have won their last three games in all competitions.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 4 December, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Real Betis: Premier Sports
Last time: Betis took an early lead thanks to Borja Iglesias’s strike, but it was Barcelona who earned a 3-2 victory at the Estadio Benito Villamarín last time out. Victor Ruiz netted at both ends, as he scored an own goal before putting the ball in the Catalans’ net, while Lionel Messi and Trincao got the other goals for the visitors.
Barcelona v Real Betis Predictions and Preview
Xavi’s unbeaten start to life at the helm of Barcelona continued last week, when Barcelona earned a crucial 3-1 victory away to Villarreal. Frenkie De Jong, Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho were on target for the Catalans, but two of those goals came after the 88th minute.
La Blaugrana had beaten Espanyol 1-0 in Xavi’s debut in the previous round, which means that Barca have now won two straight La Liga games for the first time this season. Nevertheless, their poor start to the season leaves them in seventh place with 23 points, 10 less than leaders Real Madrid.
When it comes to their form at home, Barca have five victories, two draws and only one loss this term, while the Catalans have also triumphed in each of their last five meetings against Real Betis.
The return of Ousmane Dembele is another boast for the hosts, as the Frenchman returned against Villarreal and will be hoping to get more minutes this weekend. However, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Martin Braithwaite and Sergi Roberto are still injured and will miss out, while it’s unlikely that Sergio Aguero will play in the near future.
On the other hand, Manuel Pellegrini has only two absentees, but both of them are crucial figures as Nabil Fekir and Hector Bellerin are both unavailable for this trip to Barcelona.
The Andalusians have also won their last two games, beating Elche 3-0 away before earning a 3-1 victory over Levante last week. Betis’ top scorer Juanmi scored four goals in those two games, including an impressive hat-trick against Levante.
Considering all of the above, there is no surprise that Barcelona are 1/2 favourites to get another three points this weekend. The draw is priced at 7/2, while Betis’ first victory at the Nou Camp since 2018 can be backed at 11/2.
One to watch for Barcelona: Memphis Depay netted his eighth La Liga goal against Villarreal on Saturday as the Dutchman continues to be Barcelona’s main goalscoring threat, which automatically makes him one to watch in the first scorer market before the clash on Thursday.
One to watch for Real Betis: Juanmi’s sensational hat-trick against Levante took his current season tally to eight La Liga goals, so watch out for him to break the deadlock at Nou Camp.
Long shot: The last two meetings between these teams at the Nou Camp ended in 5-2 victories for the hosts. A repeat of that score can be backed up at 90/1, while if you are looking for even bigger odds you can also add Memphis Depay as the first scorer.