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Real Betis v Barcelona Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

09:00 GMT 19/01/2018
Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Barcelona Real Sociedad
The hosts are one of the best attacking sides in the division and we think they can contribute to a high scoring game when the leaders visit Seville

Wednesday night saw Barcelona suffer their first defeat since August as a 1-0 Copa del Rey defeat at cross-city rivals Espanyol ended their 29-match unbeaten run.

The good news for the Catalans is that they have the second leg at the Camp Nou on Thursday night to overturn the deficit, but before that they face a visit to an in-form Real Betis side on Sunday night.

Match odds

Betis have won three of their last four league games and dabblebet offer them at 15/2 (8.50) to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Barcelona. Ernesto Valverde's side, meanwhile, can be backed at 1/3 (1.33) with the draw available at 5/1 (6.00).

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Team news

Luis Suarez started Wednesday's game on the bench but will come back into the starting eleven for Barcelona along with Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic and MarcTer Stegen, who were all substitutes in midweek.

Midfielder Paulinho picked up an injury against Espanyol and is a doubt, while Samuel Umtiti is pushing for a return from an injury which has kept him out for nearly two months.

Betis manager Quique Setien will watch the game from the stands, serving the final game of his three match touchline ban. 

Betis guarantee goals

Los Verdiblancos have been arguably the most entertaining side in La Liga this season, with Setien's side playing fluid, passing football - but are also prone to defensive lapses.

Betis' matches have averaged more goals (3.63) this term than any other side in La Liga, with the Andalusians boasting the third-best attack but the fourth-worst defence.

That equation has generally been a recipe for huge excitement and with top scorers Barcelona the visitors to the Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday, another high scoring game looks inevitable. 

Tips and predictions

Over 3.5 goals is priced at 4/5 (1.80) and looks a logical selection for a game with two extremely attacking sides; indeed, Barca's last league game was a six goal thriller at Real Sociedad, while Betis have been involved in two incredible games of late against Sevilla and Leganes - which produced a combined total of 13 goals. 

Over 3.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) for a 3.5pt stake with dabblebet