There was a surprise result when the two met earlier in the season at the Nou Camp with Betis producing a 4-3 victory. That was back at the start of November. Barcelona have lost only one match since then and it is just one of two defeats that they have suffered all season in the Spanish top flight. Will they be able to exact some revenge on the weekend? Read our Real Betis v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Real Betis 6/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019 at 9:37 p.m.)
Real Betis collected a 1-0 away win at Celta Vigo last weekend which saw their really patchy form continue. Betis are W4 D1 L3 in their last eight games played. Their home record for the season stands at W6 D4 L4 and they have taken a couple of notable home successes. They beat both Atletico Madrid and Sevilla by a 1-0 scoreline this season on home turf. Betis have only lost two of their last nine on home soil in the league.
They have scored 18 goals in their 14 home fixture and only 43% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals. They have tallied up a clean sheet in 36% of home games this term. Five of their six home wins have been by a one-goal margin only. Betis are currently on a nine-match winning streak on home soil in the league. 72% of their home goals have been netted in the second half of games.
Real Betis pulled off a shock 4-3 win at the Nou Camp in November
Barcelona have won 10 of their last 13 against Real Betis (D2 L1)
Barcelona have won four of their last five trips to Betis (D1)
Betis have conceded at least two goals in 11 of their last 12 against Barca
Barca are top of the table with a seven-point lead over Atletico Madrid. Barcelona are on a four-match winning streak at the moment in the top flight. They have been carrying some great away form this season, holding a W9 D3 L1 on their travels. Their lone away loss happen out at Leganes towards the end of December. They have won six of their last seven on their travels (D1) and Barcelona have averaged over two goals per road game. Surprisingly though only 54% of their away games have ended over 2.5 goals.
They have earned a total of 46% of clean sheets away from home this season. Just once have they failed to score in a road game this season. Of their away victories that they have recorded, five of the nine have been by a one-goal margin. Barca have been leading at half time in 6 of their 13 road games. They are currently undefeated in fifteen league games, home and away. They are undefeated in their last ten away from the Nou Camp. Barcelona hold the best away record in the Spanish top flight this term.
That win for Betis over Barcelona earlier this season came totally out of the blue. Barcelona look strong enough at the moment to go and turn the tables by collecting a win. It’s worth a look at both teams to score between the two of them again.
16th March 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The draw for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League was made on Friday. All four of the English Premier League sides are in the mix, and the draw sees two of them, Spurs and Manchester City go head to head. With the semi-final draw also made, there is also the potential of Manchester United and Liverpool meeting in the final four.
Manchester City 2/1
Man Utd 20/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019)
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019)
Ajax pulled off a big shock in the last round as they produced that stunning success over the reigning champions Real Madrid. Their thumping 4-1 win at the Bernabeu stunned the world of football. Next up for them will be the challenge of Italian champions Juventus. Juventus looked on the way out after a 2-0 loss in their first leg of their round of sixteen tie against Atletico Madrid.
But a stunning hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo back in Turin saw them power their way back to reach the final four. Juventus have won five of the last six games against Ajax and are currently undefeated in their last ten against the Dutch side. Juventus lead the overall head to head W6 D4 L2. Ajax are at home for the first leg, but it is Juve who are the even-money favourites to win that fixture* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019)
Head-to-head in UEFA competition: 6 Juventus wins, 2 Ajax wins, 4 draws
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019)
A great draw for Liverpool in this one as they avoided all of the heavyweights. The Reds were up against the Portuguese side in last season’s round of sixteen and Liverpool powered their way to a 5-0 aggregate success. Liverpool progressed to the quarter-finals thanks to a stunning second leg win out at Bayern Munich to knock off the German champions.
Porto came through their tussle against Roma in the last round but they have lost their last two knockout ties against English opposition. Porto have never won a game against Liverpool either and they are really going to be up against it in this one. Liverpool are 1/3 to win the first leg at Anfield* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019).
Head-to-head in UEFA competition: 3 Liverpool wins, 0 Porto wins, 3 draws
Man City 1/6
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019)
Manchester City are probably quite happy with this tie as it sees them take on an opponent which they are familiar with. Earlier this season Manchester City collected a 1-0 victory over the Lilywhites in their away game against them. This will be the first ever European fixture between the two sides and City arrived in the quarterfinals in style. They thumped Schalke 10-2 on aggregate, winning the second leg 7-0 at home against the Germans.
It really is the enormous threat that they carry at the Etihad which is going to be the most telling factor. They did, however, lose both games against Liverpool in last season’s quarterfinals. Spurs did a fantastic job as well though in beating Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate in their round of sixteen tie. The Citizens are 4/6 favourites to open with a win in the first leg away from home* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019).
In 156 competitive meetings, City have won 61 to Spurs’ 60, with 35 draws.
Manchester United 11/4
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019)
This is just about the last draw that Manchester United would have wanted to pull out of the hat. Barcelona hammered Lyon 5-1 at home in the second leg of their round of sixteen tie against the French outfit. The Catalans are five-time winners of the European Cup and are still one of the clear front runners in the tournament. United start at home in this one and they are likely going to have make that count to take something back to the Nou Camp to defend.
But still, United have won at Juventus in this season’s campaign and they became the first side ever to overturn a 2-0 first leg home deficit in the competition. United roared back to beat PSG in their round of sixteen tie. The Red Devils have only won one of their eight previous meetings with Barcelona in the European Cup/Champions League. Will they be able to handle Lionel Messi and co? United are 9/4 underdogs for the first leg at OT* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 15th, 2019).
Head-to-head in UEFA competition: 4 Barcelona wins, 3 United wins, 4 draws
1. Tottenham Hotspur / Manchester City v Ajax / Juventus
2. Barcelona / Manchester United v Liverpool / Porto
15th March 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
There was a hard fought 0-0 draw between these two in France, but the general feeling is, is that Barcelona survived a tricky away test. Will they be able to open up the French challengers now back at the Nou Camp? Lyon have never beaten Barca, but they don’t have to in this one, a score draw gets them through. Read our Barcelona v Lyon betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 11th, 2019 at 11:53 p.m.)
It was a tight first leg in France that Barcelona had to go through. They are favourites to get through the tie still, as they have only lost one of their last 18 Champions League games. Barca are unbeaten in this season’s competition after topping out Group B in the first round of action. Barcelona have won 12 of their fourteen previous round of 16 ties in the competition.
Barcelona have won each of their last eleven round of sixteen ties. Barcelona hold a W5 D3 record against Lyon in the competition, their most recent meeting prior to this was in the 2008/09 round of sixteen. In that tie, Barcelona won 6-3 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in France in the first leg. The Blaugrana are W12 D1 L1 from previous home games in the round of sixteen, winning each of their last eleven at the Nou Camp.
The last time they hosted a French side was that stunning 6-1 second leg win over PSG in the 2016/17 round of sixteen, after Barca had lost the first leg 4-0. That was their third straight home win over French opposition. Barcelona’s record against French sides is W4 D3 in two-legged ties. Barcelona are W9 D2 in their last nine knockout stage home matches. They are unbeaten in 29 home games in the Champions League. Barca have won 20 of 25 ties in which they had drawn the first leg away from home.
Lyon are in their tenth round of sixteen tie in the Champions League, but this is their first in seven season. They have lost five of their last six ties at this stage. The French side have also lost four of their last five away games in the round of sixteen. Their overall away record at this stage of the competition is W3 D2 L4. Knowing that they only need a score draw out of this will keep their hopes alive.
Lyon are W3 L3 from their six previous ties against Spanish opposition. Their last encounter with a Spanish side was a 4-1 aggregate win over Villarreal in the 2017/18 Europa League. Lyon impressed in the group stage of this season’s Champions League with their resilience, taking four points from their two meetings with Manchester City. They posted a W1 D5 record in the group.
If you take the draw in the first leg of this tie as well, that’s six draws in a row for them currently in Europe. Lyon have suffered one defeat in their last eleven European matches now. After scoring at least two goals in six straight European games, they have produced just one in their last two now. Les Gones have a W4 D3 L1 record in their last eight European away games. They are undefeated in their last five (W2 D3) Champions League away games. Lyon have lost all previous European ties (8) in which they drew the first leg at home.
The first leg was never going to be that easy for Barcelona. But they can control things better back at the Nou Camp. Barcelona to win to nil, now that they know what to expect, looks a solid proposition.
12th March 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Barcelona put in a fantastic performance at the Bernabeu to record a 3-0 win over Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night. The Catalans are leading La Liga by seven points and three points on the weekend back at the Bernabeu would see them take a giant step towards the title. Read our Real Madrid v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 9/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 27th, 2019 at 10:34 p.m.)
Real Madrid head into the weekend trailing league leaders Barcelona by nine points in the table. A defeat in this one will pretty much wipe out their slim title hopes. Real Madrid have won six of their last seven league outings, last weekend taking a 2-1 away win at Levante. Their overall home form is W8 D1 L3 this season. They were totally schooled in midweek in the Copa del Rey by Barcelona though which has to be a big worry for them.
Gareth Bale has avoided a ban for a celebration gesture recently which could have gotten him into hot water. Real Madrid were upset in their last league home game as they were beaten 2-1 by Girona. Real Madrid have only averaged 1.5 goals per home fixture this season in La Liga, which is nothing special by their standards. Only 33% of their league home games have gone over 2.5 goals. Madrid have shipped only the seven goals in their twelve home fixtures with a clean sheet in 67% of games. They are W2 L2 in their last four home games in the Spanish top flight.
Barcelona have won back to back games at Real Madrid 3-0
Barcelona are unbeaten in five games in all competitions against Madrid
Five of the last seven meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Real Madrid have won one of their last five at home against Barca
Barcelona are on an undefeated streak of thirteen matches in the top flight. Away from home specifically they are undefeated in nine. Barcelona have won five of their last six away games, the only exception in that sequence being a 0-0 at Atletico Bilbao in the middle of February. Barcelona have averaged over two goals per road game and they have only conceded the ten goals on their travels. They have two clean sheets in their last three on the road.
In total, they have taken a clean sheet in 42% of road games this season in La Liga. Barcelona have opened the scoring in seven of their twelve road games, while they have been leading at the half time break in five of them. They are the current top scorers in the league by a country mile pretty much. They have tallied 65 league goals, with Real Madrid having the next highest tally of 43. Barcelona boast the best away record in the top flight as well.
Barcelona will be full of confidence after their midweek win at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid really had no answer at all in the game. Because of that, we can only expect more of the same in the weekend’s El Clasico. Barcelona to win.
28th February 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This tie is nicely poised at 1-1 and so Real Madrid, now back on home soil for the second leg will have a slight edge. But the threat of away goals now for Barcelona as they push on, is there on the night. Expect plenty more drama to come. Read our Real Madrid v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 17/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 4:38 p.m.)
Real Madrid’s form has been a lot better recently than it was over the first half of the season. They have won four of their last six games in all competitions (D1 L1). In the first leg of this semi-final tie, Madrid opened the scoring after just six minutes at the Nou Camp through Lucas Vazquez and it was a pretty even contest at the end of the day. Real Madrid started some of their regulars on the bench for that first leg it is worth noting.
Los Merengues have won eight of their last ten in all competitions now, but the one difficulty that they have had has been in taking clean sheets. They have just one in their last nine in all competitions. So that should open the door a bit for Barca. Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat in their game at the Bernabeu, a 2-1 league defeat against Girona. They have scored at least two goals in four of their last five five home fixtures.
Barcelona are W1 D1 in two games against Real Madrid this season
Real Madrid are winless in four against the Catalans
Five of the last seven meetings between them have gone over 2.5 goals
Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine
Real Madrid lost 3-0 at home in their last home game against Barca
Barcelona haven’t been in their hottest form as of late, in fact, the goals have dried up a bit for them. They had scored just two goals in four games in all competitions before they met Sevilla in the league on the weekend and produced a 4-2 success. Lionel Messi got a hattrick in that game and Luis Suarez managed to snap a five-match scoreless streak of form that he was on for them as well.
In the last round of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona had to come from behind after having lost the first leg of their tie at Levante. Barcelona are the four-time defending champions in the tournament. In their last six away games in all competitions, Barcelona are W2 D2 L2, a clear drop off in their usual standards. They have actually failed to score in three for their last five on the road. Built to their credit they have three clean sheets in their last four on the road in all competitions. It’s all to play for.
Real Madrid have a good chance in his one as Barcelona haven’t been at their best recently on their travels. El Clasico matches are tense and tight and anything can happen, but backing Real Madrid to get through the tie on home soil looks a good proposition.
27th February 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Lyon are back in the round of sixteen for the first time since 2011/12. They will be looking for their first-ever win over Barcelona to gain an advantage in this tie. That is easier said than done though with Barca on a long undefeated streak of form in the competition. Read our Lyon v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 17th, 2019 at 6:42 p.m.)
Lyon finished second behind Manchester City in the group stage, but they did collect four points from their two games against the Citizens. The French side went unbeaten in the group stage, making this the one tie in the round of sixteen to feature two sides who were undefeated through the group stage. This is the first time these two have met since the 2008/09 round of sixteen with Barca winning 6-3 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Lyon. Lyon are back in the round of sixteen for the first time in seven seasons.
They have only lost one previous home game in the round of sixteen. Lyon’s record from such matches is W5 D3 L1. Their record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides is W3 L3. They have drawn each of their last five European games played this season, and they have suffered just the one defeat in their last ten. They have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven European games as well. Lyon are W7 D5 L1 in their last thirteen home games in continental action too. Each of their three home games in the group stage ended 2-2 incidentally.
Barcelona won 5-2 in the last meeting, a 2009 UCL clash
Barcelona are W4 D2 L0 in their six previous games against Lyon
Lyon have drawn two of their three home games against Barca (L1)
Four of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Barcelona have only ever lost two ties in the round of sixteen in the Champions League. They are back this season for the 15th consecutive appearance. They have only suffered the one defeat in their last seventeen Champions League games and they are unbeaten against Lyon too (W4 D2). Lionel Messi has scored in three of his four previous appearances against Lyon. Barcelona have won each of their last eleven round of sixteen ties, including their recent one against PSG in the 2016/17 last sixteen.
However, Barcelona have actually won only one of their last five knockout stage away games (D1 L4) remarkably. They have five losses in their last seven on the road actually. In the group stage, they posted a W2 D1 record, helping them to top their group. If you include group stage games Barcelona have won just seven of their last nineteen away games in Europe (D6 L6) so it has been far from perfect from them. Their record away in France is W4 D3 L3, winning just two of their last seven visits there (D3 L2). They have won their last four two-legged ties against French opponents though.
Lyon were so impressive against Man City in the group stage. Barcelona don’t have terrific away form in Europe. The draw looks a good proposition, as Barca will know that they will have enough back at home to finish it off.
18th February 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This is a good quarter-final tie between two of the current top four sides in Spain. Sevilla will know that they need to make the most of home advantage here in this first leg. Barcelona face a tricky away game but have already beaten Sevilla twice this season. Read our Sevilla v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 21st, 2019 at 1:01 p.m.)
This will be the third meeting between Sevilla and Barcelona this season. Barca took a win in the Super Cup back in August, and then in an October La Liga meeting, beat Sevilla again at the Nou Camp. But Sevilla have done well this term. Los Rojiblancos are running inside the top four in La Liga, largely thanks to some great home form. Overall their form has just started to go on a slide.
They have lost their last three in a row without having managed a goal. It has been just one win in their last six in all competitions. On the weekend they lost 2-0 at Real Madrid in the league. In the last round of the Copa Del Rey, they took a 3-2 aggregate win over Athletic Bilbao. Going back to their home form, they have a record of W13 D2 L3 in all competitions this season.
Barcelona had to mount a fightback in the last round to get to the quarterfinals. They lost the first leg of their tie against Levante, away from home. But they had enough in the tank to produce a win back at the Nou Camp to get through, helped out by Lionel Messi stepping in. It’s worth noting Barcelona weren’t at full strength for their first leg loss against Levante in the last round.
Barca are now W6 L1 in their last seven games in all competitions and have lost just one game since back in mid-November. Their loss at Levante in the last round snapped a four-match away winning streak that they were on. Barcelona are undefeated in their last eleven games against Sevilla, and they beat them 5-0 in last season’s Copa del Rey Final.
Barcelona may realise that they have to field a stronger side in this than they did at Levante. Because of that, and their head to head dominance over Sevilla, it’s the away win for us.
22nd January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
How resilient is the defence of Levante? We are going to find out because they head to the Nou Camp for the second leg of this Copa del Rey tie, with a 2-1 advantage. Can they stick in there and shut out the Catalans? Or will Barca haul themselves through to the quarter-finals? Read our Barcelona v Levante betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 6:55 p.m.)
Barcelona were nowhere near full strength for the first game of this contest and they ended up getting beaten 2-1. It was still an upset though as they had been favourites to collect the victory. But they have an away goal on the board and home advantage for the second leg. So they will probably be alright in the end. Barcelona have won all twelve of their previous home games in all competitions against Levante. One of those was a 2014 Copa del Rey tie which Barcelona won 5-1 at home. That was after having won 4-1 away in the first leg. Eleven of the last twelve meetings between the two sides have gone over 2.5 goals and that’s largely been down to the scoring of Barca.
Levante have failed to score in five of their last eight games against Barcelona and when they were both at full strength for a league meeting back in December, Barcelona won 5-0. It sounds like a simple game plan for Levante. Park the bus. But is that going to be enough really? That first leg win over Barca in his contest is their only victory in their last six played in all competitions (D2 L3). They are on a six-match winless streak on their travels as well. A 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in the league on the weekend snapped an eight-match scoring streak on their travels.
The first leg was an upset. Barcelona weren’t a full strength though. They will fix this tie and it’s probably worth backing them to win to nil at 20/21 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 6:55 p.m.)
15th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona opened up a five-point lead at the top of La Liga last weekend as they collected yet another win. They face up to Eibar on Sunday at the Nou Camp looking to make it six straight league victories. Eibar are in the bottom half of the table with a four-match drawing sequence going. Read our Barcelona v Eibar betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.)
Barcelona returned after the winter break and recorded a 2-1 away win at Getafe
That was their fifth straight La Liga victory
Barcelona have conceded just the one goal in their last five games played
Their overall home record this season is W6 D2 L1 in the Spanish top flight
Barca have averaged 3.3 goals per home game this term
56% of fixtures at the Nou Camp have ended over 3.5 goals
Barcelona have won their last two league home games, both 2-0 wins
In total, they have taken a clean sheet in three of their nine home games
The Catalans have been leading at half time in five of their home games
They have scored in each and every league game played this term
Barca have scored at least two goals in each of their last five league games
Of the goals which they have scored at home this season, 63% of them have been in the second half of games
Barcelona are the top scorers in La Liga this season
The Catalans have won all 8 previous meetings with Eibar
They have scored at least three goals in six of their eight previous
Barcelona have scored at least three goals in each of their four home games against Eibar
Eibar have failed to score in five of their eight previous contests against Barcelona
It looks on the surface to be a tough game for Eibar who are winless in five
They drew 0-0 against Villarreal last weekend
That was their fourth straight draw in the Spanish top flight
Overall away from home this season they are just W1 D3 L4
To their credit, they have lost only one of their last eight games (W2 D5)
In total, they have managed only five road goals this season
Eibar have conceded an average of 1.5 goals per away fixtures
Only 25% of their league games have gone over 2.5 goals
Their record at half time away from home is W5 L3 this season
Just twice they have opened the scoring in an away game
Only Huesca have a worse away record in La Liga than Eibar currently
Barcelona should be able to collect a fairly comfortable home win in this one. They have a big head to head record against Eibar and current form. Backing Barcelona to win to nil will run with some appeal for Sunday’s game.
11th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona are strong favourites to win this tussle with Levante in the round of sixteen of the Copa del Rey. This is the first leg of the tie. Barcelona have already paid a visit to Levante this season, pounding out a 5-0 away win there in the league. Read our Levante v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 7th, 2019 at 9:11 p.m.)
Levante earned a 2-2 draw at home against Girona over the weekend in La Liga
That leaves them winless in four games
They have only managed to take the two victories in their last ten games in competitions
They took out Luga from the Spanish second tier in the last round 3-1 on aggregate
Last season Levante lost at his stage 3-2 on aggregate against Espanyol
They have had a mixed season at home with a W4 D2 L4 record
They have scored at least two goals in seven of their ten home games this season
Just one of their home fixtures this season have ended under 2.5 goals
Levante have come up with a clean sheet in just two of their last ten games
This is a sizeable task for them as they haven’t scored in three of their last four at home against Barcelona
Levante are W1 D0 L3 in four previous Copa del Rey games against BArcelona
Barcelona won 5-0 at Levante back on December 16th, 2018
The Catalans have won eight of the last nine meetings with Levante
Levante did beat Barcelona at home in last season’s La Liga
Nine of the last eleven meetings have gone above 3.5 goals
Barcelona collected a 2-1 away win at Getafe on Sunday in La Liga
That was their third straight league win
They have remained unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions (W7 D2)
Just once this season have Barcelona lost an away game
That was in the league out at Leganes back in September last year
They are undefeated in ten road games now, winning seven of those
Barcelona have scored at least two goals in each of their last four away games
Barca have taken two clean sheets in their last three games on the road
However both teams have scored in five of their last seven away from the Nou Camp
Barcelona are the reigning Copa del Rey holders
The last time they met Levante in the competition was in 2014 with Barca winning 9-2 on aggregate
There have been some great games between these two recently, plenty of goals having been produced. So we are going for more of the same but with Barcelona coming out on top in the first leg of course. Barcelona to win & both teams to score.
8th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting