Back Real Betis to frustrate Martino’s unbeaten Barcelona
Barcelona have only won three times in 12 trips to Real Betis and the home side are worth backing to cause an upset this weekend in the double chance market at 11/4.
The Catalan side may be unbeaten this season however Xavi’s comments this week suggest that the pressure of being the only undefeated side in the league, coupled with negative comments in the press about their style of play, might be getting to them.
Betis look capable of taking advantage.
Bet on Real Betis double chance at 11/4
Since 2008 Betis have beaten Barcelona once and drawn twice from four matches on home soil, and their current league position belies the quality in their team.
Pepe Mel led the team to the Europe League via a seventh place finish last season and a narrow 2-1 defeat in the Bernabeu on the opening day of the La Liga season suggested that they had the mettle to follow up with another good year.
They have found their European adventures a bit of a distraction – they haven’t yet won in the game following a Europa League match – and have found themselves near the foot of the table.
However the pressure will be off this evening as no-one expects them to come away with anything from the match with the Catalan giants.
Bet on over 1.5 first half goals at evens
Contrastingly, Real Madrid’s demolition of Sociedad yesterday means that Gerardo Martino’s side will know that they need to win to go back to the summit.
Barcelona have scored in the first half in 10 of their 12 Primera Liga matches this season and the evens about over 1.5 goals in the first half is a good price, and is a bet that would have collected in six of the last seven La Liga matches between these sides.
History also shows that if your team scores first in this fixture then it might not be wise to think that you’re onto a winner.
The team that has opened the scoring has failed to win the match in three of the last seven clashes and Barcelona to score to be leading at half-time and not win is 18/1.
Bet on Messi to score first at 7/4
The attacking prowess of Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro is illustrated by a combined goal total of 20 goals from just 12 matches this season.
Meanwhile Betis, imaginatively nicknamed Los VerdiBlancos, rely on Jorge Molina who scored 13 last year and, with fellow striker Ruben Castro still struggling with a back injury, has four to date this season.
Goals also flow when these two teams meet – 12 games at the Estadio Benito Villamarin have produced 34 goals – and the home team will be buoyed by their home record against the Catalan giants.
Pepe Mel’s side have taken eight points from eight games in matches against top-half sides this season and look capable of repeating the dose.
Real Betis double chance at 11/4
Over 1.5 first half goals at evens