Barcelona v Real Betis Betting: No one-way traffic for embattled Catalans

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The Blaugrana will be looking for a win in their opening game to erase recent setbacks, but we think backing goals at both ends offer excellent value

The La Liga season has not yet started and already Barcelona find themselves in a difficult situation.

The loss of Neymar, coupled with the 5-1 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, has left the Catalans weakened both on and off the field, and anything other than a convincing with against Real Betis would further exacerbate the looming sense of crisis around the Camp Nou.

Coincidentally this was the first game of the season last year as well, and on that occasion Barcelona ran out 6-2 winners at home in a match which Betis briefly made competitive when they equalised at 1-1 in the first half.

Lionel Messi Real Betis Barcelona 30042016

The most recent meeting between these two sides came in Seville back in January when Luis Suarez scored in injury-time to salvage a 1-1 draw. Since that game, it is fair to say that Betis have improved their squad while the Blaugrana look less impressive and it could be another competitive game on Sunday evening.

bet365, who are as ever live streaming every La Liga game this season, offer a home win at 1/7 (1.14) while Betis can be backed at 16/1 (17.00) and the draw is offered at 8/1 (9.00).  

Recent games between these two sides in Catalonia have seen the hosts rack up plenty of goals, with Barcelona scoring at least three times in the last eight editions of this fixture in all competitions.

GFX Barcelona Real Betis betting

Ernesto Valverde's men are priced at 4/7 (1.57) to score over 2.5 goals once more, but more tempting is the price of evens (2.00) for both teams to score.

This selection has paid out in nine of the last 11 meetings between these two sides, and Betis - who have made some shrewd signings - will feel that at the very least they can score again at the Camp Nou.

Indeed Betis have scored twice in three of their last five visits to the Camp Nou, and Quique Setien's team are priced at a healthy looking 5/1 (6.00) to net over 1.5 goals. 

Both team to score at evens (2.00) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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