Barcelona vs Real Betis Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More
?Barcelona will be looking for a strong start to the new season when they welcome Real Betis to the Nou Camp on Sunday, as they attempt to bounce back from twin defeats in the Spanish Super Cup.
If taking a hit to their attacking firepower after Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain wasn’t enough, losing 3-1 at home and then 2-0 in the return fixture against rivals Real Madrid during the Super Cup has definitely put them on the back foot.
With Real Betis being one of the weaker sides in La Liga, it will be a good opportunity for an early three points but they could take advantage of a shaken Barcelona after their new boss
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the weekends action.
The sides last met in January where Luis Suarez’s 90th minute equaliser snatched a draw for Barca after Alex Alegria put Betis 1-0 up late into the second half – Luis Enrique’s side losing vital ground in the title race.
Catalan giants’ biggest win in this fixture in recent years came last August when they thrashed Betis 6-2 and, while Ruben Castro’s early equaliser cancelled out Arda Turan’s early goal, two from Lionel Messi and a Suarez hat-trick completed the demolition job.
The last time Betis won against Barca was during the 2011
Lionel Messi vs
With Neymar gone and Suarez out after suffering a knee injury during the Super Cup final, Barcelona’s devastating attacking trio has once again been reduced to just Messi.
While the Argentine still has the capability to run riot during this match and single handedly earn them the win, Barca could still face a hard opener if
Potential Barcelona Starting Lineup: Ter Stegen, Vidal, Mascherano,
Potential Real Betis Starting Lineup: