Real Betis vs Barcelona
Spain – La Liga
Date: Sunday, 17th March 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla).
Quique Setien, the Betis coach is widely touted as the next Barca gaffer. And he really did impress audiences for the reverse fixture of this tie at the Camp Nou. Not every team travels to the famed stadium and put four goals past the Blaugrana. It’s quite apt that playing style adopted by Betis, the free-flowing attack, and quick transition to defense is being loved by Cules worldwide.
Barcelona is on cloud nine. They are in line for all three titles this season, and in current form, they just might be able to do it. The last match-day, the team put the visiting Lyon to shame with a 5-1 scoreline in their Champions League encounter. And with that, the team extended their record streak of 12 consecutive Quarter Final appearances in the competition.
Real Betis vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)
- Ten of the last twelve wins were recorded by Barcelona.
- 21 of the last 27 meetings had both teams finding the back of the net.
- 13 of the last 16 encounters at this venue had the same stat as well.
- The last time Betis won at this venue was back in 2011.
- The last time both took on each other was at the Camp Nou, and then Betis recorded a 3-4 away win.
Real Betis vs Barcelona Prediction
It must be the tactics and specific playing style employed by Betis, that the current Spanish Champions, almost always fail to keep a clean sheet against them. It’s sufficiently evident in the h2h games too. An astonishing 21 of the last 27 h2h games and 13 of the last 16 at this venue had goals from both teams.
Also, Real found the back of the net in their last eight home ties in a row, and in 18 of their last 20. And with the team fiercely chasing a European spot, they will go all in for the ninety minutes. As of now, they are just a point away from the last Europa League position. Expect Real to get in on the scoring action.
About the outcome of the game, what should be said? After Barca’s humbling of Lyon, after the consecutive wins over arch-rivals Real Madrid, and with the team passionately chasing the treble, there’s really no way this group of players will let Betis play spoilsport twice. They lost once at home, against this team. That grudge needs to be settled. And if one thing is for sure, Leo Messi and co always pay their debts.
Moreover, Barca recorded 10 of the last 12 h2h wins, and the last time they lost at this venue was eight years back.
Expect the table-toppers to grab another three points this Sunday.
Real Betis vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Barcelona to Win @ 1.40 (2/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5).