Real Betis vs Barcelona Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

Real Betis vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga, Spain
Date: Sunday, 17th March 2019
Kick off at: 19.45
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville, Spain

Barcelona are looking to maintain their lead at the top of Spanish La Liga as they meet up against Real Betis. Ernesto Valverde’s quest for three points will face stern test from Quique Setien’s side at Benito Villamarin stadium next Sunday.

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Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear themselves up for this Spanish La Liga weekend clash.  Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to get help them in achieving victory.

Real Betis

Expected Formation: 3-5-2

Probable Lineups: Pau Lopez(g)Mandi, Bartra, Sidnei(def);Joaquin, Canales, W. Carhavalho, Guardado, Tello(mid);Lo Celso, Loren Moron(att)

Barcelona

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Ter Stegen(g)Semedo, Umtiti, Pique, Alba(def);Busquests, Artuer, Rakitic(mid);Messi, Suarez, Coutinho(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this La Liga Sunday fixture, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Real Betis

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): LWLLW

Betis haven’t been experiencing their best of period lately as they only got two wins and three defeats in recent five matches. However, they did won their last fixture before this weekend tie as Setien’s men defeated Celta Vigo.

Verdiblancos will be hoping that their latest win are a sign that their recent poor results have reached an ending. Setien certainly hope that his side can came up with another shock win over their Catalan opposition.

Barcelona

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WWWWW

In contrast to Betis, Barcelona have been in such excellent results as they won their last five fixtures. Valverde’s team latest win arrived this midweek as they demolished Lyon 5-1 at Cam Nou.

That big win in Champions League can give that extra confidence for Barca players ahead of their weekend tie. Traveling to Benito Villamarin stadium won’t be an easy task, but Blaugrana will still target all three points.

Team News

Real Betis

The home side won’t be able to play Junior Firpo along with Francis Guerrero due to injury issues. Meanwhile, Antonio Barragan’s condition is still doubtful for this Sunday encounter.

Betis looking set to play Loren Moron along with Giovani Lo Celso up front in their attempt to break down Barca’s defense. Sergio Canales will be a key creative force from midfield for Setien’s side with his dribbling and passing skills.

Barcelona

Coming into this weekend encounter, Barca are still without Rafinha who is out for long term. Ousmane Dembele returned in midweek, but remain doubtful just like Thomas Vermaelen.

Barca looks to maintain the trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho up front. Meanwhile, Samuel Umtiti should get the not along with Gerard Pique at the back.

Head to Head Records:

The last five meetings between both teams have mostly went in favor of Barcelona with three wins, one draw and one defeat.

Their latest encounter happened at Camp Nou, on November 11, 2018 which Betis won 4-3.

Match Prediction

Playing in front of their home crowd, Betis are determined to show their worth against Blaugrana. Despite not being at their best in recent games, Verdiblancos are not shying away in targeting all three points.

However, Barca are in such good mood with recent positive results that they have been getting. Blaugrana are once again targeting all three points despite playing in difficult away fixture.

Final Score: 1-1

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