Tip Barcelona - Betis
Not since the 1964/65 season have Barcelona lost their first two La Liga games of the season. They are halfway to equalling that disastrous start after losing their opening league game of the season. It took a spectacular goal to give Athletic Bilbao the shock home win over the league champions. Barcelona will hopefully have Lionel Messi back for this home game against Real Betis. They won't want a repeat of last season's home game against them when losing 4-3. Barcelona have a strong record against Betis so they will look to get normal service resumed. They have won their last seven home league games and 11 of the last 12 since that shock loss.
Real Betis also lost their opening game as they lost 2-1 at home to Real Valladolid. Having a player sent off after just eight minutes didn't exactly help them. They held onto the 63rd minute before going a goal down but equalized five minutes later. Valladolid secured the three points with an 89th minute winner. Betis finished in 10th position in La Liga last season but that was only three points behind the final Europa League qualifying position. 11 points from their final 10 league games scuppered their hopes of European football this season. Away form for Real Betis saw them win six league games last season but lost ten. Four of their last five away league games have been lost, the other game was a win at Real Madrid. Betis seem to like the big occasion but the tip here is for Barcelona to win and be ahead at both half and full time.
Key points Barcelona - Betis
Barcelona have won their last seven home league games.
Real Betis have lost four of their last five away league matches.
Barcelona have won eight of their last nine home league games against Real Betis.
Conclusion Barcelona - Betis
Barcelona only lost three of their league games last season but have already lost their unbeaten record this time around. They lost at Athletic Bilbao to a wonder goal when a draw looked likely. Back on home soil, they should be able to get their first league win of the season. Real Betis lost their first league game of the season and despite winning at Real Madrid and Barcelona last season, still lost ten away matches. Back Barcelona to win and be ahead at both half and full time.
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Barcelona Betis Prediction published on August 22, 2019