Real Betis vs Barcelona predictions, betting tips and match preview for the eagerly awaited La Liga clash in the Basque Country on Sunday 17th March. The visitors are still fighting all all fronts while their hosts for the evening, Betis, will have their sights set on dislodging Getafe as the fight for the fourth Champions League spot hots up.
Barcelona seem to be hitting form at just the right time and are on the cusp of a remarkable treble. Barring accidents, the La Liga title looks all but wrapped up while a Champions League draw against Manchester United presents the Catalans with an excellent opportunity to progress even further in the competition. Barca take on Betis on Sunday and will be well aware of their threat given what happened when the two sides met at the Nou Camp in October. Los VerdiBlancos ran out 4-3 winners in a thrilling encounter on that occasion, with Spanish stalwart Joaquin playing a starring role. Betis have won two of their last three fixtures and have managed to get themselves in contention for a European spot, so they’ll be no pushovers here. I do however think odds-against on Ernesto Valverde’s men winning by two goals or more is far too good to turn down – and I won’t be.
As per usual, Lionel Messi is La Liga’s top scorer – and by quite some distance – and the price of him scoring anytime is well and truly reflected by that fact. But number two on the list is Luis Suarez, who looks a far more backable option. Incredibly, the Uruguayan hasn’t scored in the Champions League for a year but has had no problems registering in Spain’s domestic league. Suarez has broken the 20-goal barrier for a seventh successive season, with seventeen of those coming in La Liga matches this campaign. There certainly wouldn’t be many raised eyebrows if the former Liverpool man notched at the Benito Villamarin this weekend, and I fancy him to do so.
Betis haven’t beaten Barca on their own ground for more than a decade and the recent head-to-head between the pair makes for exceptionally one-sided reading. The Spanish champions have won nine of the last 11 meetings and will fully expect to make that 10 from 12 before the end of the weekend. Betis do score, on average, more than a goal per game and stuck four past Ter Stegen before the turn of the year. I can see them giving the Barcelona defence something to think about but at the same time, expect them to more than have their work cut out at the opposite end. A 3-1 away win looks both feasible and likely, and this is a 10/1 shot with the likes of Ladbrokes.