Our man in Spain, Phil Kitromilides, believes injuries in defence may see the title favourites concede against lowly BetisIn theory this is the easiest game possible for Barcelona this weekend as the Catalans welcome bottom side Real Betis to the Camp Nou. Yet in practice is could prove to be a little trickier given that the team from Seville are effectively playing for their lives on Saturday afternoon.
Betis are nine points from safety with seven games to go and know that defeat would all but mathematically confirm their relegation. William Hill then price a life saving victory for the visitors at 25/1 (26.00) while Barca are offered at 1/20 (1.05).
With Gerard Pique joining Carles Puyol on the sidelines, Barcelona have only one recognised centre-back available in Marc Bartra and the youngster will partner Javier Mascherano in the heart of the defense in front of second choice goalkeeper Jose Pinto.
The blaugrana backline therefore will have a decidedly makeshift feel to it, and though Betis are struggling it may well be worth investing in them to get on the scoresheet.
Both teams to score is offered at evens (2.00) and appeals, given Barca's recent defensive form which has seen them keep only four clean sheets in their last nine games.
Betis are not prolific but they do have some dangerous forward players in Ruben Castro and Leo Baptistao.
Furthermore this bet has paid out in each of the last six meetings between the two teams making it an even more attractive option.
|Both teams to score at evens (2.00) 2.0pt stake with William Hill|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid