Contrary to the high form in Champions League, Barcelona need to improve their form in La Liga. This weekend’s match against Betis is a chance for The Cules to do that.
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Barcelona are currently top of Group G of the UEFA Champions League with three wins, including an impressive performance at Juventus with two goals. The remaining rivals Ferencvaros and Dynamo Kyiv also could not trouble Blaugrana.
Most recently, Barca had three points at the Nou Camp by beating Dynamo Kyiv 2–1, Messi scoring on the 11m mark while Pique secured victory for the home side with a decisive head knock.
Barcelona in La Liga, however, are a completely different face, with manager Koeman currently 12th in the table. Playing two fewer games than the other teams is not enough to excuse that this team has won only 2 matches after 6 rounds.
Barca need to put an end to their ‘foolish’ status, with their upcoming Spanish rivals Real Betis – the club not really uplifting with four wins and four draws in La Liga, but they are still ahead of Blaugrana anyway.
In addition, Real Betis is also a name that often makes it difficult for the big men of Spanish football. The draw by the away team before this match was that they were absent from five important positions including Sidnei, Guardado, Juanmi, Dani Martin, Camarasa for various reasons.
Playing at home and against a lower-league opponent, Barcelona will certainly not miss the opportunity to improve their performance in the domestic arena.
- Real Betis have met Barcelona 119 times. The hosts outperformed the record by winning 71 games, drawing 22, and losing 26, scoring 272 goals and conceding 132 times.
- In the last 5 games, since 2018 Barcelona have all scored at least 3 or more goals against Betis. However, Blaugrana lost 3–4 on 11 November 2018.
- Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho of Barca injured, Ronald Araujo left open the possibility of playing.
- Barcelona are going four games in a row without a win in La Liga
Barcelona: Ter Stegen ; Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique,Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Miralem Pjanic; Pedri, Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati; Antoine Griezmann.
Real Betis: Claudio Bravo; Marc Bartra, Aissa Mandi, Emerson, Alex Moreno; Canales, William Carvalho, Guido Rodriguez; Nabil Fikir, Tello, Sanabria.