Real Betis v Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips – 21st January 201820th January 2018 / lee
Real Betis v Barcelona La Liga, 21st January 7.45pm
Real Betis have been making strides up La Liga and they head into the weekend in seventh place after having won three of their last four games. But will their positive momentum be stopped as they play host to Barcelona? The Catalans are on a five-match winning streak in the top flight after fighting back to beat Real Sociedad last weekend. Barcelona are 1/4 at Paddy Power for the win, with the draw at 5/1 and Bets at 17/2* (Betting Odds taken on January 17th, 2018 at 6:55 p.m.)
Real Betis v Barcelona Betting Tips
Betis are up in the top eight in the Spanish top flight and they recently collected a really good win over FC Sevilla which helped to pull themselves closer to the top six. Betis have won three of their last four games now and go into this with back to back wins behind hem. They have scored eight goals as well in their last two games, firing five past Sevilla and then three past Leganes last week. So that’s a tremendous output from them and in seven of their eight league wins this season they have netted at least two goals in this. Over 3.5 goals at Paddy Power because of that may be a decent enough option to have a look at for the game. Betis aren’t in great home form though. Their recent win over Leganes snapped a four-match winless streak that they were on at home and overall they are W5 D2 L3 for the season on home soil in the top flight. They have averaged exactly two goals per game this term at home which does suggest that may get something on the board.
However, Betis have conceded at a rate of 1.7 goals per game at home and have just the two clean sheets behind them this season. They are running five points better off than they were at this stage last season so it’s all positive from them at the moment. But then you get to the head to head and realise that it has been a while since they beat Barcelona. The last win that Betis did get over the Catalans was back in the 2001 Copa Del Rey but still lost the tie on aggregate. In the last eleven fixtures between the two sides in the Spanish top flight, Barcelona have won nine and drawn two against Betis. Betis, to their credit, did hold out for a 1-1 draw at home against Barcelona last season though and both teams have scored in nine of the last twelve meetings. So will Barcelona be collecting another win for the season as they head to the Estadio Benito Villamarín? Barcelona have scored at least two goals in sixteen of their last seventeen fixtures against Betis in all competitions.
Out on the road in the Spanish top flight this season Barcelona have posted a W8 D2 L0 record and they are going into this one having won each of their last three away games. In that sequence, they have scored nine goals. They were rattled early on last weekend at Real Sociedad, falling two goals behind, but they hit back hard to win 4-2 in the end. That’s the scoring power that they have and Barcelona have scored 23 goals in their ten away games this season while they have conceded just the five. They have taken a clean sheet in 60% of their away games, but both teams to score at Paddy Power for 8/15 odds looks the way to roll for this* (Betting Odds taken on January 17th, 2018 at 9:46 p.m.). Luis Suarez has hit some fine form and he has scored in each of his last six league appearances now while Lionel Messi is on a three-match scoring streak and are both good anytime goalscorer options.
Who will win – Real Betis v Barcelona Predictions
Barcelona can roll on with their impressive season in this one. Even in hitting a bit of a bump in a tricky away game last weekend, they still managed to power their way back to a victory. Expect more of the same from them here and they can take this by a two-goal margin.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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