The Sunday evening action in La Liga sees champions Barcelona travel to mid-table Real Betis as Quique Setien faces his former club. Focus will be on the new Barca boss, who has replaced the dismissed Ernesto Valverde, as they aim to recover from a slow start.
Where and when: Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville – 9 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Betis vs. Barcelona: William Hill, Premier Sports
Last time: Barcelona defeated Real Betis 5-2 in their match-up last August in a game that saw seven different goalscorers – with the visitors taking the lead and having the last say through a long-range Loren Moron strike, but ultimately being easily defeated.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Betis double chance||21/20||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||Offer|
|Arturo Vidal anytime scorer||4/1||Offer|
Real Betis vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Real Betis have just one victory in their last six in the league and are languishing in 12th place with just 28 points in their 22 league outings to date.
Conversely, Rubi’s side have lost just twice in their last nine league outings but are eight points and six places away from securing a European spot.
Barcelona have lost top spot in La Liga with just three victories in their last seven, leaving them three points off leaders Real Madrid.
Former Betis boss Quique Setien is now at the helm having replaced Ernesto Valverde but is already under early pressure following a disappointing 2-0 loss at Valencia but they edged out Levante 2-1 in their last league encounter.
Unsurprisingly due to their stature, the visitors are favourites for this encounter at odds of 78/100 with a Betis victory priced at 10/3 and the draw available at 29/10.
There have been 78 goals over Barcelona’s 22 league games – almost four per game – while 64 goals have flown in during Betis games this term. Over 4.5 goals is priced at 16/5 on Bet Victor with over 5.5 at a tempting 13/2.
A ‘double chance’ on Betis to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 21/20 with William Hill while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 2/11.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 6/4.
One to watch for Real Betis: Veteran winger Joaquin already has nine goals to date this season and is showing no signs of slowing down despite being aged 38 and is at 3/1 to score in this encounter.
One to watch for Barcelona: Arturo Vidal has already notched up six goals in La Liga this season – against Real Betis, Sevilla, Real Valladolid, Leganes, Alaves and Espanyol – in just five starts and is at a tempting 4/1 to find the net here with 888 Sport.
Long shot: Barcelona have 10 clean sheets already this season while Betis have two clean sheets in their last five. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 16/1.