M A T C H D A Y

B e t i s v B a r ç a

21:00 CET ·
Benito Villamarín ·
La Liga, matchday 23 ·

R e a l B e t i s
Position in La Liga ·
13th
28 points
30 Goals Scored, 34 Goals Conceded
–4 Goal Difference
Form · DLDWW

F C B a r c e l o n a
Position in La Liga ·
2nd
46 points
52 Goals Scored, 26 Goals Conceded
+26 Goal Difference
Form · LWWLW

After a painful Copa del Rey exit, Barcelona must get back to winning ways against Setién’s former club. Quique, in his two seasons at the Villamarín, transformed Betis from no more than Seville’s middling second club, to a must-watch team that could beat any giant. The Verdiblancos, in the past two years, and the Blaugranas, historically, have coloured football. Setién succeeded at Betis with Barcelona-inspired ideas, while now at Barcelona he will try to implement all good things he did at Betis.

Lately, when the two teams have faced each other we have witnessed thrilling exhibitions. Like the 0–5 in 2018, or the 1–4 in 2019 with Messi’s wonder chip goal to complete his hat-trick in front of a mesmerised Pau López, Quique Setién and the Betis crowd. And, especially, the 3–4 defeat last season at the Camp Nou in a masterclass of Setién’s football, and our 5–2 triumph earlier this campaign. In this last game, Carles Pérez scored and Ansu Fati got his debut. Now the former is at Roma and the latter will be our starter for the remainder of the season. How roles have changed.

The loss at San Mamés was heartbreaking, for the late winner from Iñaki Williams when we deserved the victory. However, we also proved that we can play well on the road, and the players already expressed that, despite the setback, they had more confidence now. We’re on the right track. Now in the league, we cannot afford more missteps. Madrid don’t have an easy fixture either, at Osasuna’s El Sadar, but we must focus on our job.

Prediction · 1·4 W
I’ll go with the same score as last year. In recent times the Betis vs Barça have proved us that we will witness good football and goals. In the last four duels between each other, there have been 5+ goals involved: 0–5, 3–4, 1–4, 5–2.

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