After settling for a draw in their last game in La Liga, Real Betis will be looking to get any positive result when they host the in-form Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin in the 20th round of the Spanish top flight.
The hosts have been in a very inconsistent form in recent weeks. Real Betis have started off their season on a very unstable form with the team’s results up and down throughout the league campaign. They have collected a total of 7 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games. Their last match was against Sporting Gijon at home where they drew 0-0.
Real Betis are currently sitting in the 14th place in the league table with 22 points from 6 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses. They have scored 20 goals and conceded 30 since the start of the season.
Aissa Mandi has returned from the Africa Cup of Nations and should slot straight back into Victor Sanchez’s defence. Jonas Martin has a knock, so new signing Ruben Pardo could get an early debut for Betis after joining on loan this week.
The visitors are on another level compared to the hosts. Barcelona have been in a terrific form in their recent La Liga games. The team have won all but one of their last five games in the Spanish top flight. Barcelona have collected a total of 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games. Their last match in La Liga finished in a 4-0 win over Eibar away from home.
Barcelona are currently sitting third in the league table with 41 points from 12 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses. They have scored 51 goals and conceded 17 since the start of the season.
Javier Mascherano returns from a ban, but Ivan Rakitic is expected to feature at the base of midfield in Sergio Busquets’ absence. Sergi Roberto still has a knock, which could see Aleix Vidal continue his resurgence with a start at right-back.
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