Real Betis-Barcelona Betting Preview: Lionel Messi to cage Los Béticos

Gerardo Martino’s will look to continue their La Liga dominance with yet another victory over hapless Real Betis on Sunday

Barcelona take a trip to Seville to face Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Sunday night’s La Liga fixture.

La Blaugrana has being very tight this season winning all their league games except for their 0-0 draw against Osasuna while their hosts still search for their first win since September.

Martino’s side are offered at 1/4 (1.25) with Ladbrokes to get their 12th win of the season. Betis, for their part, can be backed at 9/1 (10.00) to cause an upset against the red-hot Catalans, while the draw is available at 5/1 (6.00) with the same firm.

Pepe Mel's side are sure candidates to spend most of this campaign staving off relegation. Through 11 matches, the club has just two wins and three draws and stands 19th on the table. 

Should they find their scoring touch again this weekend, then the 5/1 (6.00) quote from Ladbrokes for Los Béticos to net in both halves would certainly represent good value for punters, while the 27/20 (2.35) quote from the same firm for Barcelona to win both halves is sure to be a popular play.

Expecting Barcelona to win to nil at 5/4 (2.25) looks like an excellent option. This bet has paid out in over 12 of their last 15 competitive outings in the Spanish League.

Lionel Messi has just eight goals on the La Liga season compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's 16. The Argentine has the opportunity to answer against a porous defense that has given up 20 goals this season. He is available at 2/1 (3.00) to get the curtain raiser and 1/5 (1.20) to score at anytime.

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