It was no surprise when Barcelona beat Levante at their Camp Nou last weekend. Barca quickly bounced back after a heart-breaking defeat against Valencia at Mestalla. But the title holders need to keep on improving their game if they want to maintain the trophy.
Real Betis, on the other hand, have their ups and downs in this season. As a result, currently, they’re sitting in the middle of the La Liga standings.
Anyway, Setien knows his former team very well. Maybe this is the main reason why away victory is highly considered. As usual, Messi will be a man to keep an eye on in this match. He provided two assists for Ansu Fati in the last clash against Levante and gained a 2-1 victory in that match. Antoine Griezmann also should be at bay by the opposition defenders. Noteworthy, Luis Suarez stays on the sidelines due to his injury.
Betis are having the worst La Liga season since 2016/17 with the fourth consecutive winless away match. Now they come back home to face vulnerable Barca.
Real Betis have netted the opening on only three occasions at home this La Liga campaign, winning all of them.
Quique Setien’s men are staying close to Real Madrid, who are frontrunners despite collecting their lowest 22 round-haul of points since 2002/03 season when they finished sixth. By now, Barcelona have conceded the opening goal in seven La Liga away games.
Players to Watch
Real Betis: Loren Morón has scored Betis’ last or only goal of the game in his last two clashes against Barca.
Barcelona: Lionel Messi should step up in the absence of Luis Suárez. With seven goals in his last three clashes with Betis, he is highly expected to do just the same.
The Referee José María Sánchez Martínez is awarding a high average of 5.82 yellow cards per La Liga match but has sent off the pitch only one player across his 11 appearances.