Betis vs Barcelona – Betting Preview
Real Betis won by a slim margin of one goal over relegation-threatened Getafe on Saturday after losing three straight games in all competitions, albeit two of those on penalties.
Borja Iglesias finally scored from the penalty spot in the 86th minute to break the scoreless tie and end his seven-game goalless streak in a game that lacked quality in the final third!
Real Betis Preview
Even though Manuel Pellegrini’s team has only won three of its past nine La Liga games, they are still in the running to make the Champions League for next season as they are presently sitting sixth in the standings and are only three points behind Atletico Madrid in fourth with a game remaining.
After losing 4-2 on penalties in the Spanish Super Cup semifinals three weeks ago, Betis enters the match against Barcelona on Wednesday seeking retribution. The match ended in a 2-2 stalemate after 120 minutes.
In fact, Betis has dropped seven out of their past eight matches against the Catalan powerhouses, giving up at least three goals on six of those occasions. Their lone triumph during this stretch came in December 2021, a 1-0 away victory thanks to a late goal from Juanmi.
Barcelona’s last loss came on October 26 when they lost to Bayern Munich 3-0 at home in the Champions League. Since then, they have gone 13 games without a loss, winning eight of their past nine games.
In their past three matches, Xavi’s team has defeated opponents by a score of 1-0: Getafe, Real Sociedad, and Girona. On Saturday, they defeated Girona thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Pedri, who has now scored three goals in his last four outings.
After 18 games, Barca leads La Liga by five points after rival Real Madrid lost at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday. They will now look to increase their lead with back-to-back games against Sevillian opposition in the form of Real Betis and Sevilla.
With 14 clean sheets in 18 games and only six goals allowed, three of which came in the El Clasico loss to Real Madrid in mid-October, Barcelona’s defensive improvements have been a major contributor to their success in La Liga this season.
1×2 Betting Odds
The Catalan giants will be confident of securing maximum points at the Estadio Benito Villamain on Wednesday, as they have won eight of their last 10 away visits to Betis across all competitions, including their last five in a row in La Liga!
While Barcelona’s defence have excelled so far this season, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last nine meetings with Real Betis, which bodes well for the hosts heading into Wednesday’s contest!
But despite that, they are the underdogs in this with market odds @ 5.60.
Barcelona are on quite a form right now, they have won all of their last 5 games and coming here, they are the favourites to win @ 1.70.
The possibility of a draw and points shared between the two, stands @ 4.34.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.87.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.13.
Barcelona is on quite a run right now and they are leading in Spain!
Betis can challenge Barcelona on some level, as history shows, but expect yet another comfortable Barca win in terms of goals, as the over/under market says!