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FC Barcelona vs Real Betis 25.08.2019 – La Liga

La Liga / FC Barcelona vs Real Betis – This is one of more interesting matches of La Liga’s second round given ambitions of the two teams which, nevertheless, didn’t star well the season. Barcelona lost in Bilbao in the first round, while Betis was defeated at home by Valladolid. That gives an additional charm to this duel; it is interesting that Betis won at the Camp Nou last year by 4-3, while Barcelona won in Seville by 4-1.

Game FC Barcelona vs Real Betis begins 25.08.2019 at 21:00 CET

FC Barcelona

It didn’t happen for a long time that Barcelona losses at the beginning of new season but that is exactly what has happened to them in the first round. Away match in Bilbao was never easy for them and last season the Catalans also didn’t win at San Mames, and this time they again didn’t score. They received one near the very end and didn’t have time to at least equalise, so at the very beginning they have three points fewer than their biggest rivals from Madrid.

It should be said that Messi didn’t play against Athletic and of course that was a big handicap as without him Barcelona is far less dangerous. Out of new players midfielder de Jong and striker Griezmann were starters, while L. Suarez got injured in the first half and won’t be in the team now. Dembele also got injured in the meantime so the question is was it smart move to loan Coutinho to Bayern. Good news is that Messi will probably return in the starting line-up and will lead the Catalans’ attack.

Probable lineups Barcelona: ter Stegen – Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, J. Alba – F. de Jong, Busquets, Rakitic – Messi, Griezmann, Rafinha

Real Betis

Betis have ambition to qualify for European competition this season but they had them in the previous ones and failed to reach even the Europa League. They brought several interesting reinforcements for the new season, while out of those who left two biggest names are Lo Celso and Firpo, where the latter went to Barcelona. The biggest reinforcement is Fekir from Lyon and he played right away, however, it didn’t help to avoid defeat by Valladolid at home. Interestingly, Betis had started the previous season with a home defeat by Levante 0-3, and this time they had misfortune that goalkeeper Robles earns a red card very early, in the 8th minute.

Naturally, that made their job much more difficult, although they received the first goal only after over an hour of play. They even managed to equalise having one player less thanks to reservist Moron. Betis then they tried to win but in the finish they received the second goal. Forward Iglesias was injured, who is one of bigger reinforcements that came this summer. Out of newcomers two backs Emerson and Pedraza also played. Martin goes at the goal as a replacment for suspended Robles, Moron goes in the top of attack, and stopper Mandi and midfielder Canales could refresh the team.

Probable lineups Real Betis: Martin – Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Pedraza – Guardado, W. Carvalho – Joaquin, Fekir, Canales – Moron

Betting Pick: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

Barcelona is already under the pressure in the second round as they lost in Bilbao. Messi is back and they are favourites to win, however, Betis is a tough team, which wasn’t shine to show that at the Camp Nou last season. We expect that the guests score at least one goal and be in general tough nut to crack.

Pick: Both teams to score

Stake: 5/10

Odds: 1.78 at 888sport (down to 1.68 can be played)

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