La Liga leaders Barcelona will look to maintain their lead at the top of the table but they have to travel to an in-form Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday. Ernesto Valverde’s side will be slight favourites against a Betis who have won three of their last four matches including their last two.
Where and when: Estadio Benito Villamarin – 21 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Real Betis v Barcelona: Sky Sports, Unibet live streaming
Last time: Barcelona won 2-0 on the opening day of the season at the Camp Nou, thanks to an Alin Tosca own goal and Sergi Roberto strike. The fixture in Seville this time a year ago finished in a 1-1 draw.
Real Betis v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona suffered a midweek Copa Del Rey defeat at Espanyol and have a tough game in which they have been tasked with bouncing back.
Last season’s meeting in Seville finished 1-1 and the hosts are on-form going into this one, following their stunning derby victory at Sevilla before defeating Leganes.
Quique Setien’s side are now up to seventh in the standings and victory here could see them leapfrog their city neighbours into the top six.
Barca are favourites and are priced at 7/20 to win the game, with the hosts available at 9/1 with the draw priced at 11/2.
Free-scoring Betis coming up against the league’s most prolific team should mean goals – both teams to score is at 11/17 while a Barca win with both teams to score is at 13/10.
If you think Barca will drop points but can’t decide on a home win or a draw, you can double bet on both outcomes at odds of 3/1.
One to watch for Real Betis: Winger Cristian Tello has already netted six goals this season including in each of his last two games and four in his last eight. He is 19/4 to score against his former club.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is the league’s top scorer with 17 goals so far this campaign and he is priced 6/13 to score anytime here.
Long shot: Only Barcelona (52) and Valencia (40) have scored more goals than Betis (33) this season but the Seville-based club have also conceded more than second-from-bottom Malaga. Over 5.5 goals in this game is priced at 17/4.