Real Betis – Barcelona
This season is good for Betis. The Andalusians are currently 8th in the La Liga standings with 27 points. They are just two points behind the 6th Sevilla, so for them is a realistic goal to even chase an European qualification in the end of the season.
We can say that right now Betis are in a good form. They have won three of their last four games, including the big derby against Sevilla. The moment is very good for Real Betis, but now they will have the most difficult challenges of all – to face the best team in the country.
Barcelona are leading La Liga with 9 points ahead of the 2nd Atletico Madrid. The Catalans are still the only unbeaten team in the league and it’s curious to see if they could finish the season without a loss. Most surely, they are going to try.
Barca have won all of their last five games, including against Real Sociedad at the Estadio Anoeta in the last round. Their new manager Ernesto Valverde is doing a great job, proving that he was the right choice to replace Luis Enrique on helm. Valverde brought a better discipline in Barca’s game and the results are visible to everyone.
Let’s have a look at the team news before the game.
Real Betis can’t use the injured Antonio Barragan, Antonio Sanabria and Joel Campbell, while Antonio Adan is doubtful. The good news are the recovery of Junior Firpo and Didier Degard.
Barcelona also have some problems before the match. Out with injuries are Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho, while Paulinho, Javier Mascherano and Andres Iniesta also have some problems. Meanwhile Rafinha is preparing to finish his move to Inter Milan.