Barcelona will be aiming to return to winning ways in La Liga when it continues its domestic campaign at home to top-four challenger Real Betis on Saturday. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses in La Liga.
Barcelona: Rock-Solid at Home
Xavi’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday but is still 11 points clear of second-placed Real Madrid at the top of the table. The club had a real wobble in recent weeks, only winning one of its last five games in all competitions, picking up just five points from the last 12 available in Spain’s top flight.
A handful of injuries in attack positions, including midfielder Sergi Roberto, have hampered its form of late. But Barcelona hasn’t had back-to-back defeats in the league in 18 months and is expected to respond. The Catalan outfit only has league football to focus on following its exit in the Copa del Rey semi-finals. However, despite its disappointment in that competition and Europe, reclaiming the league title would be seen as a positive campaign.
Robert Lewandowski is La Liga’s top scorer, but his recent form is worrying. He has netted only two goals in his last 10 games, and fans are not happy with that. If you’re betting online, you shouldn’t back him to find the back of the net.
Barcelona could welcome Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen back into the squad this weekend, with the pair in the latter stages of their injury recoveries. Sergio Busquets will also return after missing out against Rayo through suspension, but Sergi Roberto faces a battle to be back before the end of the campaign due to a hamstring issue.
Real Betis: Fighting for Top-Four Finish
Real Betis is having another good season by its standards. The club finished fifth and sixth in the last two seasons and won the Spanish Cup last term. This season it sits fifth with 49 points to its name from 31 matches, and its primary objective is to finish fourth and secure a Champions League spot.
Betis is hamstrung by a number of absentees, including Nabil Fekir, but even so, failing to score in five of 10 fixtures is a real worry. Four players were missing against Real Sociedad, which is expected to be the case for this match. The Green and Whites now have two difficult away games against Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao before returning to home soil against Rayo Vallecano in the middle of next month.
Real Betis will need to find some consistency late in the season to stand a chance of claiming a top-four finish for the first time since 2005, but we can’t trust it enough to include it in our La Liga picks and parlays. Head coach Manuel Pellegrini is expected to make a couple of changes, with Luiz Henrique and Borja Iglesias likely to return to the starting lineup.
Barcelona vs Real Betis Head-to-Head
Barcelona is unbeaten at home in the league this season, winning 12 of 15 games. Real Betis, which won just twice in its last 10 outings, is on a four-game winless streak on the road, losing three times.
The hosts have conceded just two home league goals this season, keeping 13 clean sheets, and registering seven 1-0 wins in La Liga in 2023. Real Betis has failed to find the back of the net in half of the last 10 games, including two 1-0 defeats. Barcelona hasn’t suffered back-to-back La Liga defeats since October 2021.
Barcelona vs Real Betis Match Information
- Match: Barcelona (24-4-3) vs Real Betis (14-7-10)
- Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Barcelona vs Real Betis Live stream: fubo.tv
Barcelona vs Real Betis Betting Lines
Barcelona vs Real Betis Picks and Prediction
The leaders enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -295 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest La Liga odds, while the goal line is set at three.
Real Betis is more than capable of picking up a positive result on Saturday, but Barcelona will be determined to bounce back from its midweek defeat against Rayo Vallecano. It would not be a surprise to see the points shared in this match, but we expect Xavi’s side to navigate its way to three points. There’s no value backing the hosts, but if you’re betting live, in case they concede first, they should manage to win. We don’t expect a high-scoring affair, so we’re backing the under.
Barcelona is listed at -295 in our Vegas La Liga lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Barcelona, you have a chance to win $34. The Real Betis is+800, offering a chance to win $800 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Barcelona a 74.68% chance to win, with Real Betis at 11.11%.