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Barcelona and Real Betis meet at Camp Nou, in a match for the 17th round of the Primera División. The head‑to‑head history at this stadium, favours the home team, since in the last 4 head‑to‑heads they won 4. Accordingly, in the last head‑to‑head played at this stadium, for the Primera División, on 05‑04‑2014, Barcelona won by (3‑1). L. Messi (14' and 86' ) and Jordi Figueras (67' Own goal) scored for Barcelona and Rubén Castro (68' ) for Real Betis. The home/away factor is worth special atention, since although this is a match between 1st and 11th of the league table, it’s also a match between the 1st best team in home matches and the 4th best in away matches.

Analysis of Barcelona

The home team is currently in the 1st position of the league, with 35 points won, after 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Valencia, by (1‑1). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Deportivo La Coruña, by (2‑2). This is a team that usually plays better at home, where they have won 22 points, against only 13 points in away matches. They come to this match after a away win against River Plate by (0‑3). For the league, Barcelona won 22 points out of 24 possible points, after 7 wins and 1 draw in the last 8 home matches.

They haven’t lost any of the last 8 home matches for this competition. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half‑time was the 0‑0 (3 out of 8 matches). Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 5 times, but have turned the score around in 3. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 9 of their 21 goals between minutes (76'‑90').

Unlike the away team, Barcelona has no problems creating goal opportunities. The trident formed by Messi, Suárez and Neymar is in great shape and should guarantee at least one goal to the home team. Douglas Pereira and Rafinha are in doubt, since they are recovering from physical problems. However, they have a quality squad and many alternatives.

Confirmed Lineup: C. Bravo, J. Mascherano, Dani Alves, T. Vermaelen, J. Mathieu, I. Rakitić, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, L. Suárez, L. Messi, Neymar.
Coach: Luis Enrique.

Analysis of Real Betis

The away team is currently in the 11th position of the league, with 20 points won, after 5 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Las Palmas, by (1‑0). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Sevilla, by (0‑0). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since they have won 14 points in away matches and 6 at their stadium, with 6 goals scored and 11 conceded at home, against 7 goals scored and 8 conceded in away matches. In the last 8 away league matches Real Betis has a record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 14 points out of 24 possible. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half‑time was the 0‑0 (3 out of 8 matches). Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition have ended with Under 2,5 goals. This is a team that has had a hard time trying to score first. They have opened up the score in only 4 of the last 16 matches for the Primera División, they have reached half‑time in front in 3 of those 4 matches and held on to the lead until the end of the 90' in all of them. In 16 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 10 times and have only turned the score around in 1.

Betis comes to this match after a goalless home draw against Sevilla. The away coach will have all players available, since no players are injured or suspended. They usually play in a 4-3-3 formation, exploring counterattacks whenever possible, using the offensive support of Joaquín and Cejudo. Rubén Castro is the main offensive reference of the team. Betis is doing well in the league so far and have manage to turn a few negative scored around.

Confirmed Lineup: Adán, Bruno González, Molinero, H. Westermann, J. Vargas, Cejudo, Dani Ceballos, Petros, A. N'Diaye, Rubén Castro, R. van Wolfswinkel.
Coach: Juan Merino.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario is that there will be a few goals in this match. Barcelona should play as usually, with ball possession and short passes, attacking with many players, imposing a high pace from the first minute. Therefore, the home team should confirm its superiority and win comfortably.
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Primera División - 2015/2016

  • 100% 380 / 380 Games

  • Home team wins 48.16%
  • Draws 24.21%
  • Away team wins 27.63%
  • Over 1.5 76.58%
  • Over 2.5 51.58%
  • Over 3.5 28.95%
  • Goals 1043
  • Goals /match 2.74
  • Goals /match home 1.62
  • Goals /match away 1.13
  • Both teams score 50.26%
  • Goals after 80' 17.64%
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