Sunday, 29 January 2017

Real Betis - Barcelona

PICK: Barcelona AH -1,5 @1,86 PINNACLE 5/10

Match between 14th and 3rd placed team in La Liga will be played on Estadio Benito Villamarín and it will start at 12:00.

Betis is coming to match after winning only once in last 5 matches. Really disappointing was draw against Gijon, where Andalusians were expecting all 3 points. They also lost in Copa del Rey, against Deportivo, so things are not as good as they were on the start when Victor Sanchez became coach. They will miss José Carlos, Brašanac, Jonas Martin, Felipe Gutiérrez, Joaquin, Sanabria and Cejudo.

Barcelona is coming to match after convincing win against Real Sociedad in Copa del Rey. Even if match was played on Thursday, Barcelona is used to play 3 matches per week and I am not expecting any kinds of problems because of that. Busquets and Iniesta are still away, but midfield zone in Lucho's Barca is not as important as it was before.

I was in doubts to take odds around 1,73 as they were before, but right now we have chance to take them at 1,86, which shows good value for me. Betis can always be an heavy opponent, but without Joaquin, I think that they will miss needed experiences for this match. Barcelona is in good form, and as I said on last week, there is no more space for errors. Real Madrid is only two points ahead, but still also with one match less. Sevilla is in front as well, and Barcelona simply needs to collect points. Messi is showing from match to match how exceptional player he is, he is creating more chances per game than many clubs (not players) in the world. Betis is among the teams who has big problems with covering wings (they received many goals through wings). In my opinion, Betis won't be able to compete with Barcelona for 90 minutes, and we'll see another big win of Catalans who will add pressure on Real Madrid, who has tough match against Real Sociedad tonight.

FT: 1-1

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