Barcelona 2-2-2, Real Betis 4-0-4
11/7/20 10:15 am
Barcelona is hosting Real Betis at Camp Nou in round 9 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Barcelona has lost only 1 of their last 5 games, and they were solid in their Champions League game earlier this week, at least in the attacking end. Barcelona was hosting Dynamo Kyiv in that game, and they have won 2-1, but it could have been at least 5-1 if Barcelona scored most of their chances. In LaLiga, Barcelona is in 12th place in the standings with 8 points, 10 scored goals, and 6 conceded goals, and Barcelona already has 2 losses this season. In their last LaLiga game, Barcelona was playing against Alaves on the road, and they were the dominant team with impressive 80% of ball possession, 9 shots on goal, 14 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and high 90% of the correct passes. Barcelona was losing 1-0 at half time, but they were able to tie the score in the 63rd minute. Barcelona has had a lot of chances in this game, but they weren’t able to score another goal. The final score of this match was 1-1. Fati is still the leading goalscorer for Barcelona with 4 goals. Alba and Coutinho have each added 2 assists. Araujo and Coutinho are both still injured, while Umtiti should finally be ready. As good as Barcelona is in the attacking end, they are struggling defensively, and they desperately need new blood, and I hope they do something about this in the winter transfer window.
Betis is hot and cold this season, and they have won only 2 of their last 6 games. With 12 points, 10 scored goals, and 12 conceded goals, Betis is in 7th place in the LaLiga standings. Betis is not playing in any of the European competitions this season which will certainly give them a rest advantage. Tello has scored 4 goals for Betis so far this season, while Carvalho has added 2 goals. Canales has 4 assists, while Joaquin has added 2 assists. Martin and Camarasa are both injured, while Guardado and Junami are still questionable. In their last LaLiga game against Elche at home, Betis has had a good game with 59% of ball possession, 10 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 6 big chances created, and high 90% of accurate passes. Betis was the better team here, and they deserved a win. The final score of this match was 3-1. As I’ve mentioned, Betis is struggling with consistency this season, and they tend to make stupid mistakes on the defensive end, and I think it will cost them the Europa League once again this season.
Barcelona is dominating this matchup, and they have been great at home against Betis. The dense schedule is certainly a problem for Barcelona, but they have a solid depth and enough quality to play this amount of games. The good news for Barcelona is that they didn’t have to travel after the Champions League, and I will side with Barcelona once again here.