Barcelona are looking to put the nightmare situation surrounding Lionel Messi and his contract to one side when they visit Real Betis on Sunday night. Despite the controversy, the Catalan giants are on a great run in La Liga as they try their best to chase down leaders Atletico Madrid.
Where and when: Estadio Benito Villamarin – 7 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Betis vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports
Last time: Messi scored a brace when Barcelona beat Betis 5-2 at the Nou Camp in early November, with Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Pedri also on target for the hosts.
Real Betis v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Is he worth it? Some will say he absolutely is, others will not. Either way, Lionel Messi has a point to prove in what could be his final months in a Barcelona shirt, and that makes arguably the world’s finest player a real problem for Real Betis.
Los Verdiblancos have already conceded 25 goals to the Argentine maestro over the years, including nine in Messi’s last five appearances against them. Barcelona have only lost one of their last 19 La Liga games against Betis, winning 15 and drawing the other three.
Barca have scored 64 goals across that run at an average of 3.4 per game, conceding 27 at the other end at 1.4 per game. Both teams have scored in 15 of those matches, which have produced a total average of 4.8 goals per game. An over 4.5 goals bet here is priced at 27/10.
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Barcelona to win and BTTS
Barcelona to win 4-2
Messi to score first
Betis’s victory in that run was an action-packed 4-3 triumph at the Nou Camp in November 2018. The home team are priced at 5/1 in the outright market for this Real Betis v Barcelona preview, rising to 29/4 if you include both teams scoring as part of that bet.
Barcelona are 11/20 to win this game with William Hill. The Blaugrana have rediscovered their mojo following a poor start to the season, unbeaten in their 10 La Liga fixtures. Ronald Koeman’s side have won each of their last five, although they still trail Atletico Madrid by 10 points.
Given Atletico also have a game in hand over Barca, nothing but a win will do for the away team here. However, if you think this game will end in a draw, you can back that at 18/5. Betis have a fully-fit squad to boost their chances of a result, while Barcelona will be without the injured Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique and Philippe Coutinho.
One to watch for Real Betis: Sergio Canales has already equalled his best ever goalscoring return in a La Liga season. The 29-year-old Spaniard is available at 14/1 to break new ground by netting the opener in these Real Betis v Barcelona predictions.
One to watch for Barcelona: Whether we’re seeing one last hurrah or the beginning of a storied redemption, these are crucial matches for Lionel Messi. Barca’s greatest ever player is 13/5 to demonstrate his worth to his club by breaking the deadlock on Sunday night.
Long shot: Barcelona have scored 30 goals in their last seven victories over Betis, at an average of 4.3 per game. Betis, meanwhile, have scored exactly two goals in each of the last three meetings between these clubs. A 4-2 Barca win this weekend is 30/1, rising to 120/1 with Messi scoring first.