Nairabet Preview: Real Betis v Barcelona: Back Barca to win either half

David Ramos
The Catalan giants were brought down to earth in midweek but will look to bounce back with a trip to Seville

Current Spanish Primera Division leaders Barcelona travel to the Estadio Benito Villamarin where they will take on Real Betis on Sunday night.

Los Verdiblancos head into this game fresh from a 3-2 win over Leganes on Monday night which sees them occupy eighth spot, two points behind Sevilla for the final European qualification slot.

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Betis might enjoy home advantage once again but will have their work cut out against their solid opponents. Nairabet has placed odds of (8.00) on Marcos Alavarez’s men as underdogs.

The Blaugrana suffered their first defeat of the season in all competitions when they lost 1-0 at rivals Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals.

Ernesto Valverde’s men still maintain a nine-point lead at the top of the standings and wont’ want to let it slip.

The same betting firm has tagged them favourites at (1.35).

A draw is valued at (6.25).

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 13 La Liga matches against Real Betis and are tipped to avoid losing again at odds of (1.12).

Alvarez’s side have won just one of their last five league games on home soil. Their Catalan opponents could take advantage of this to win either half at odds of (1.18).

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The Seville outfit have not kept clean sheets against the 24-time Spanish champions in the league since 2002 and the price of (1.04) suggests that they will concede once again.

Luis Suarez has scored in six consecutive league games and should he score anytime here at (1.40), he would equal his best run of seven games set in December 2015.

Eight top-flight goals so far put Paulinho as the second highest scoring midfielder in Europe’s top five leagues this season. The Brazilian is now a key part of the Blaugrana squad and is offered at (1.80) with Nairabet to score anytime.