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  • May 5, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez
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Barcelona-Betis Preview: Humbled hosts seek return to winning ways

Barcelona-Betis Preview: Humbled hosts seek return to winning ways

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Tito Vilanova's side will look to recover from their Champions League hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich with victory over the Verdiblancos on Sunday


Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is doubtful to start against Betis at Camp Nou as he continues to cope with a hamstring injury.

Defender Eric Abidal (calf) and midfielder Sergio Busquets (groin) should be available but Cesc Fabregas is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao.

Betis midfielder Eder Vilarchao is available to play his first game after a three-month lay-off with a tibia injury.

Casto (knee), Paulao (hamstring), Damien Perquis (calf), Nacho and Jose Canas (both suspension) are all sidelined, while midfielder Benat (back) and Nosa Igiebor (groin) are minor doubts.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona are on a three-match winless run in all competitions, losing two.
  • The Catalan side's 7-0 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich was their heaviest two-legged defeat in European competition.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored in his last 20 Liga appearances for Barcelona.
  • Betis have won just one of their last six matches in La Liga (W1, D3, L2).
  • Los Verdiblancos have lost three of their last five encounters with Barca.
  • Betis' last Liga win at Camp Nou was a 3-1 triumph in May 1998.

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Available Squads
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
21AdrianoDefender
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
37TelloStriker
-OierGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
2MontoyaDefender
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
5BusquetsMidfielder
10MessiStriker
-Gerard DeulofeuStriker
-Adrián San Miguel Del CastilloGoalkeeper
2ChicaDefender
-MarioDefender
4AmayaDefender
36Álex MartínezDefender
35Rubén PérezMidfielder
20N. IgieborMidfielder
-Salva SevillaMidfielder
19Jorge MolinaStriker
11D. PabónStriker
24Rubén CastroStriker
30Fabricio Agosto RamírezGoalkeeper
42Francisco VarelaDefender
36José CaroDefender
7VadilloStriker
26Juan CarlosMidfielder
7BeñatMidfielder
-J. CampbellStriker
Players to Watch
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The Spain midfielder could not inspire a comeback against Bayern Munich as Barcelona suffered their biggest home defeat in Europe since a 4-0 loss to Dynamo Kiev in 1997. Iniesta will be out to banish the memory of Barca's Champions League humiliation and help clinch the club's fourth Liga title in five years.
Rubén Castro
Rubén Castro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 31-year-old striker is Real Betis' top scorer this season but has failed to find the net in his last two matches for the club. Castro will look to get back amongst the goals at Camp Nou against a Barcelona side that has conceded nine goals in its last three outings.
Prediction
Barca boss Vilanova will demand a response after getting thoroughly outclassed in Europe and they should return to winning ways against a weakened Betis outfit.
Editor's Prediction
Betis 1

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