Betis - Barcelona prediction and analysis
Real Betis hosts Barcelona in a postponed match of the 17th round of the Spanish La Liga.
Both teams secured minimum wins away from home with 1-0 each in the last round:
- Barca beat Girona
- Betis won against Getafe
Fans of the Catalan giants are confident that their favorites will secure maximum points this Wednesday.
After Barcelona have won 8 of their last 9 away games at Betis .
Including their last 5 consecutive visits here, in which they scored a total of 17 goals.
Today, Xavi will have another strong trump card in his quest for victory.
Namely – the return of Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres to the team's attack after serving suspensions.
On the other hand, the Green and Whites have not been convincing at all lately.
And although they are stable at home, they have a hard time opposing the big teams.
My prediction here is a minimal win for Barca. No wonder and fourth consecutive 1-0.
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Betis - statistics and info
After winning their first two matches of 2023, the Real Betis team fell into crisis .
And remained winless in their next 3 matches in all tournaments.
To be more specific, I must say that the team from Sevilla lost all 3 mentioned matches, although 2 of them after penalties.
But Pelligrini's men got back on track with a narrow 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Getafe.
In a game that lacked quality in front of both goals , the deadlock was eventually broken in the 86th minute.
When Borja Iglesias converted from the penalty spot to end his seven-match clean sheet.
Real Betis have won just 3 of their last 9 matches in La Liga.
But still fighting for next season's Champions League qualification.
As they are currently 6th in the table and just 3 points behind Atletico Madrid in 4th position with a game in hand.
Barcelona - statistics and info
26 October 2022 was the last time Barcelona tasted defeat in any competition.
It was a 0-3 home defeat in the Champions League by Bayern Munich.
And since then, Barca went on a streak of 13 games without a loss . Including wins in each of their last 5 matches.
Xavi's team won 1-0 in their last three matches , respectively against:
- Real Sociedad (for the Copa del Rey)
Having beaten the latter on Saturday thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Pedri .
Who has already scored three goals in his last four appearances.
After Real Madrid dropped points at home to Sociedad on Sunday, Barcelona moved 5 points clear at the top of La Liga .
And now they will try to increase their lead with victories in their next two games, which are against the teams from Sevilla - Betis and Sevilla.
Barca's defensive improvements have been a major factor in their success in the league this season.
The Catalans kept 14 clean sheets in 18 games and conceded just 6 goals in the period.
Three of those goals came in the El Clasico loss to Real Madrid in mid-October.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Silva; Sabali, Pecella, Felipe, Miranda; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Enrique, Fekir, Rodri; Iglesias
Lineup: Ter Stegen; Kunde, Araujo, Christensen, Alba; Gavi, De Jong, Pedri; Rafinha, Lewandowski, Torres
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