class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With both sides having been involved in draining Copa Del Rey matches in midweek, our tipster is backing a low-scoring game when they meet in Seville
Barcelona visit the Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday evening to face Real Betis in La Liga with Ronald Koeman’s men aiming to continue their positive run of form.
Wednesday night saw the Blaugrana scrape through a dramatic Copa Del Rey quarter-final against Granada in extra time, a result and a performance which could galvanise the Blaugrana for the rest of the season.
Betis, for their part, lost their quarter-final on penalties on Thursday evening, although Manuel Pellegrini’s team have enjoyed an excellent start to 2021 with three wins and two draws in their five league games this year.
Real Betis vs Barcelona Latest Odds
Betis are unbeaten at home in La Liga since November and bet365 offer them at 5/1 (6.00) to record their sixth league win of the season in their own stadium.
Barca have won their last five league games on the road and are priced at 1/2 (1.50) with the draw at 7/2 (4.50) .
Real Betis vs Barcelona Team News
The Catalans remain without Gerard Pique although the defender is nearing a return, while Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho are still sidelined and Sergi Roberto picked up a muscle problem on his return from injury in midweek.
Betis are without long-term absentee Victor Camarasa but Diego Lainez is out with coronavirus and Marc Bartra is a doubt to face his former club.
Real Betis vs Barcelona Preview
Both sides have had demanding cup matches in the last few weeks, with Barcelona playing four matches that have gone to extra time and Betis having to play for 120 minutes in two of their encounters.
That effort from both teams is likely to impact the intensity in Sunday night’s match, while Koeman may also be tempted to prioritise the upcoming Copa Del Rey semi-final in midweek given his side are 10 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Recent matches at the Estadio Bentio Villamarin have been quite tight, with seven of the last eight matches producing under 2.5 goals in 90 minutes, and so there are strong reasons to oppose a high-scoring game.
Real Betis vs Barcelona Tips and Predictions
Under 2.5 goals is priced at 7/4 (2.75) while a more cautious option could be to back under 3.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) , a selection which has paid out in 14 of the last 16 competitive matches at Betis’ stadium.
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Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
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