The Cules knocked out of Copa Del Rey on Thursday evening. Losing time injury goal at the Athletic team and comes up with questions from the field this week. Barcelona FC could do with a victory on Sunday night.
Only two teams have conceded more goals than Real Betis
Real Betis’ worst La Liga season since 2016/17 continued with a fourth consecutive winless away game. Still, they now return home to take on a vulnerable Barcelona who are losing their grip on a potential 27th La Liga title. The hosts have opened the scoring on just three occasions at home this La Liga campaign, winning all three. Still, a respectable +7 goal difference across the final 30 minutes (plus stoppage time) of each half has helped them rescue points in three of the five La Liga home games in which they conceded the opener.
Barcelona’s matches average of 3.55 goals more than any other team
Barcelona remains close to frontrunners Real Madrid despite collecting their lowest 22 round-haul of points since 2002/03 when finishing sixth. On the verge of four La Liga away contests without a win for the first time since 2007/08, Barcelona’s traveling issues have also been compounded by a shock Copa del Rey loss at Bilbao midweek. The defending champions have now conceded the opening goal in seven La Liga away matches (after doing so in just 6/19 occasions last season), but their 0.86 points collected per away game when falling behind first is the division’s second-best ahead of the round.
Will not play
Real Betis: Feddal – Red card; Questionable: Carvalho – Back injury, Guardado – Muscle injury, Juanmi – Foot injury.
From Barcelona: Dembele – Thigh injury, Pique – Yellow cards, Suarez – Knee injury; Questionable: Neto – Ankle injury, Turan – injury.
Players to watch
Loren Morón has recorded Betis’ last or only goal of the game in his previous two meetings with Barcelona.
Lionel Messi will have to step up in the absence of Luis Suárez, but with seven goals in his last three meetings with Betis (including hauls of three and two in his previous two away H2Hs), expect him to do just that.
Stat attack: Referee José María Sánchez Martínez is awarding a high average of 5.82 yellow cards per La Liga game, but has sent off just one player across his 11 appearances.
Seven of Betis’ 11 La Liga home matches have produced precisely three goals.
Barcelona have won the ‘race to three corners’ just once on the road this La Liga season.