FC Barcelona vs Real Betis La Liga: Preview, head to head results, team news, prediction

Alley Sport brings you the Match preview and form guide for FC Barcelona vs Real Betis. Spanish giants FC Barcelona host Real Betis today in the 9th gameweek of La Liga. Both teams would be looking to get a win, but Barcelona’s desire for the 3 points would undoubtedly be more. Alley Sport brings you the Match preview and form guide for Barcelona vs Real Betis.

FC Barcelona vs Real Betis Match Preview and Head to Head results

Barcelona have had a disappointing start to the season. With just 8 points from 6 games, the La Liga side sits 12th on the league table. The fact that most of the other clubs have played 2 games more than Barcelona in the league, the Catalonian’s el Classico defeat and loss against Getafe spells a hard start to their league campaign.

Trouble for Barcelona is brewing at the front, with youngster Ansu Fati being their only player to get more than 1 goal this season. The Spanish side’s lackluster form has led to their fan’s impatience with new manager Richard Koeman’s tactics, and the resignation of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Barcelona vs Real Betis buildup

Real Betis on the other hand have had an average start to the season, garnering 12 points from their 8 games. With having played 2 games more, Betis sit above Barcelona in the league table at seventh position.

Despite a steady start in the league, Betis have had a woeful run of form in their last games. While losing in the league to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is no shame, their defeats against Real Sociedad and Getafe would surely sting. A win for Betis could take into the top 4, while 3 points for Barcelona would see them go up to 8th, with games in hand over their title rivals.

FC Barcelona form (all competitions): L-W-L-W-D-W

Real Betis form (all competitions): L-L-W-L-L-W

Barcelona vs Real Betis Head-to-Head record: Barcelona wins: 23, Draws: 7, Betis wins: 8

Barcelona vs Real Betis team news and injury updates

Barcelona vs Real Betis match preview. Messi to start.
Lionel Messi will start against Real Betis in a number 10 role. (Image credits: Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

For Barcelona, Ronald Araujo, star midfielder Philippe Coutinho, and defensive rock Samuel Umtiti will be out for the fixture. In-form sensation Ansu Fati will be expected to start alongside Frenchman Antoine Griezmann. Pedri is likely to take up the right-wing position, while Lionel Messi will feature in an attacking midfield role.

Image credits: Marca, Barcelona vs Real Betis
Image credits: Marca, Barcelona vs Real Betis

The injury list for Real Betis is massive to say the very list. Central midfielder Victor Camarasa and attacking-midfielder Nabil Fekir are both for the match against Barcelona, alongside top-scorer and ex-Barcelona winger Christian Tello. Mexican central-midfielder Andres Guardado and goalkeeper Juan Miguel Lopez are also on the sidelines.

Both teams have no players missing due to suspensions, and will field their best starting teams in this important league fixture.

Barcelona vs Real Betis match prediction

With Barcelona needing a win desperately to catch rivals Real Madrid, and Real Betis missing up to 5 key players due to injury, we see nothing but an easy win for Barcelona. The Catalan side will win by a margin of 3 goals at the very least. 4-1 win to Barcelona.

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