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Barcelona vs Real Betis: Blaugrana look to extend lead at top

Barcelona vs Real Betis: Blaugrana look to extend lead at top

Barcelona vs Real Betis – Camp Nou – Sunday 11th November – Kick off 3:15pm UK time

With second placed Espanyol taking on third placed Sevilla, Barcelona have the chance to extend their lead at the top of La Liga when they host Real Betis on Sunday afternoon.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are currently three points ahead at the top having lost just once all season and will hope to beat a Betis side who drew 1-1 with AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday.

Barca themselves also drew 1-1 in Europe in midweek, against Inter Milan at the San Siro on Champions League duty.

It was the Catalans who had the better of Los Verdiblancos in the league last season, winning 2-0 at the Camp Nou and 5-0 in Seville.

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Team News

Lionel Messi isn’t likely to start against Betis as he continues his recovery from a broken arm. Philippe Coutinho is also ruled out for the next two to three weeks after picking up a thigh injury against Inter while Samuel Umtiti has returned to training but isn’t expected in the squad. Ousmane Dembele is doubtful with gastroenteritis with Malcom in line to replace him.

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Javi Garcia is the only injury worry for Real Betis but changes will be expected after Thursday’s game with the likes of Antonio Sanabria, Joaquin and Cristian Tello set to drop to the bench.

Predicted Line-Ups

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Rafinha, Dembele, Malcom

Real Betis (3-5-1-1): Lopez; Mandi, Bartra, Sidnei; Barragan, Lo Celso, Carvalho, Guardado, Junior; Canales, Loren

 

Score Prediction

Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

 

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