Barcelona vs. Real Betis
December 4, 2021 10:15 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -200, Under 2.5 +162
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Barcelona is welcoming Real Betis to Camp Nou in round 16 of the Spanish LaLiga. Barcelona is playing better since Xavi took over, but they are still not playing the best they can. Betis is on the winning streak, they are scoring a solid number of goals, but they have a few injuries.
Barcelona now hasn’t lost any of their last 6 games, while winning 3 of those 6 games. With this solid streak, Barcelona has climbed the standings to 7th place with 23 points. In the Champions League next week, Barcelona is playing against Bayern on the road, and only win will get them to the next stage, unless of course Benfica losses to Dynamo Kyiv, and in that case, Barcelona will go through even if they lose. In their LaLiga game against Villarreal, Barcelona was solid with 50% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 5 big chances created, and 81% of the correct passes. It was a tough game for Barcelona, and even though they were ahead, Villarreal was pressuring them really hard. Fortunately for Barcelona, they were able to score 2 goals in the last 5 minutes, and they ended up winning this game 1-3. There are still a lot of injuries in Barcelona, but they have enough depth to win games, but not enough to beat Bayern, and that is their crucial game of the season.
Betis has been impressive lately, they are on a 4-game winning streak, and they have scored 12 goals during that streak. Betis’ defense has also been fantastic during that streak with only 1 conceded goal. Thanks to this streak, Betis is now in 5th place with 27 points, 25 scored goals, and 18 conceded goals. Juanmi is the leading goalscorer for Betis with 8 scored goals, while Jose added 4 goals and 2 assists. There are a lot of injuries in Betis as well, but it doesn’t seem to bother them right now. Betis was hosting Levante in their last game, and they were the better team with 60% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. Betis was actually losing at halftime in this game, but they stepped up their game in the second half, and they ended up winning this game 3-1. I’m not surprised Betis is playing this well at the moment, I know they have the quality to do it, but I wonder for how long they can keep it going with all the injuries.
Barcelona has the far more important game against Bayern next week, but with all the injuries they have, they are not in a good position. Betis is on fire, but they will need to score at least a few goals in this game to beat Barcelona. I think this one will end in a draw, but a high-scoring draw.