They remain unbeaten in the Primera Division after 19 games though and will be eager to preserve that record.
|Game||Real Betis vs Barcelona|
|Date||Sunday, January 21|
|Time||19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET|
|Stream (US only)||fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Football or, alternatively, it can be streamed live online using Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Football||Sky Go|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Cillessen|
|Defenders||Semedo, Pique, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen|
|Midfielders||Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes, Alena|
|Forwards||Deulofeu, Messi, L. Suarez,|
Samuel Umtiti has been declared fit to play and has been included in the squad for the trip to Seville, but there is no place for new signing Yerry Mina.
Javier Mascherano and Andres Iniesta join Paco Alcacer and Ousmane Dembele on the sidelines, while Rafinha has been omitted as he nears an exit from the club.
Philippe Coutinho has been training with the first team, but is not yet fit to play.
Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho, Gomes; Messi, Suarez.
|Position||Real Betis players|
|Goalkeepers||D. Giminez, Adan|
|Defenders||Navarro, Fedal, Amat, Durmisi, Tosca, Mandi, Firpo, Redru|
|Midfielders||Garcia, Ruiz, Camarasa, Boudebouz, Nahuel, Joaquin, Guardado, Gracia, Gutierrez|
|Forwards||Leon, Tello, Castro, Guerrero, Narvaez, Ruibal|
The home side have a number of players unavailable due to injury. Antonio Barragan is out of action, as are attacking duo Antonio Sanabria and Joel Campbell.
Potential Real Betis starting XI: Adan; Amat, Tosca, Garcia, Durmisi; Guardado, Boudebouz, Ruiz, Joaquin, Tello; Leon.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Barcelona are favourites to win at 2/7, according to dabblebet, while Real Betis are priced at 17/2. A draw is considered an 11/2 bet.
Barcelona had their aura of invincibility tarnished last week as they lost to local rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey, but they remain in a formidable position in La Liga.
Indeed, Valverde's men are well clear of their nearest challengers and can go even further ahead should they defeat Real Betis on Sunday evening.
Barca beat Betis 2-0 when the teams bet at Camp Nou in August, but they are likely to encounter a more difficult task away from home, although the hosts have not been overly convincing at the venue of late.
Nevertheless, having already beaten Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, they possess the quality to threaten the Catalan outfit.