Barcelona journey south to Seville this weekend desperate to shake off the shock defeat to metropolis rivals Espanyol midweek within the Copa del Rey.
Ernesto Valverde can be eager to point out the primary defeat of their home season hasn’t affected his aspect, who maintain a commanding eight-point lead (with a recreation in hand) on the prime of La Liga.
Betis, nevertheless, have received three of their final 5, scoring 10 in these victories and can be removed from a pushover for the travelling Catalans.
This is all the pieces that you must learn about Sunday’s conflict.
Actual Betis 2-2 Barcelona (Could 2012)
Could 12 2012 marked Pep Guardiola’s final La Liga match answerable for Barcelona, as his aspect drew 2-2 on the Benito Villamarin.
With the title already conceded to Jose Mourinho’s Actual Madrid, there was little to play for apart from the departing supervisor’s satisfaction as Barcelona stored one eye on the upcoming Copa del Rey remaining.
The guests had been 1-Zero and cruising because of an early Sergio Busquets header, earlier than Dani Alves’ second half crimson card modified the dynamic of the match.
Veteran ahead Ruben Castro took benefit and slotted dwelling two of the smartest finishes you might be ever prone to see on a soccer pitch to provide the hosts the lead.
Messi hit the submit from a late free kick, earlier than Seydou Keita earned Guardiola a remaining level with one other header. It was the Malian’s final contribution to the membership.
Antonio Adan vs Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is on the Pichichi hunt with seven objectives in his final 5 outings in La Liga. The Uruguayan entrance man is making up for a gradual begin to the season and now solely has teammate Lionel Messi forward of him within the division’s scoring charts.
Former Actual Madrid backup Antonio Adan is the person tasked with the unenviable activity of conserving Suarez and his teammates at bay on Sunday.
Betis haven’t stored a clear sheet in opposition to Barça since 2002 and the forecast doesn’t look particularly prone to change, contemplating the hosts have the third worst objectives conceded tally in La Liga.
Barcelona journey to Andalusia with one thing of scarcity of choices as Andres Iniesta and Paulinho each stay uncertain and Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele stay definitively out. As well as, Philippe Coutinho has begun to coach with the squad however Blaugrana followers could have stay affected person to see their new £142m in motion.
Marc Andre Ter Stegen is about to return in purpose after handing over conserving duties to Jasper Cillessen midweek.
For the hosts, attacking threats Joel Campbell and Antonio Sanabria stay out. The latter was a revelation for Quique Setién’s aspect within the first half of the season, scoring seven in as many video games between the tip of September and November.
Centre again duo Zouhair Feddal and Aissa Mandi return from suspension, whereas Francis will proceed to deputise for the injured Antonio Barragan at proper again. Christian Tello is prone to begin in opposition to his previous membership.
Potential Actual Betis Beginning Lineup: Adan; Francis, Feddal, Mandi, Durmisi; Guardado, Garcia, Ruiz; Joaquin, Leon, Tello
Potential Barcelona Beginning Lineup: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Gomes, Paulinho; Messi, Suarez
After grabbing an inconceivable level at Camp Nou earlier this season and contemplating their very own type, Betis have affordable purpose to really feel optimistic going into this conflict – significantly contemplating their illustrious customer’s wounding midweek outcome and harm checklist.
Nevertheless, the type of Barça’s peerless entrance two continues to be prone to be an excessive amount of for Betis, who – regardless of their Three-2 win over Leganes – have received simply one in every of their final 5 on the Benito Villamarin.
Channelling the spirit of the magnificent Seville derby victory two weeks prior can be key to getting something out of this one for the hosts.
Prediction: Actual Betis 1-Three Barcelona