Real Betis vs. Barcelona: Can The Copa Del Rey Champions Do the Double Over Barcelona?

May 6, 2022
Benson Chikezie

Spanish La Liga 2021/2022
Matchday 35
Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla

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After their Copa Del Rey heroics, Real Betis must turn their attention to the La Liga as they are currently poised to miss the Champions League next season. They will host second-placed Barcelona, who only need a win to seal their place in the most prestigious competition in Europe. The match will kick off at 00:30 IST on May 8, and a lot is at stake, especially for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Real Betis served Xavi of Barcelona his first La Liga loss in his managerial career in the reverse fixture. Barca’s recent form does nothing to improve their chances of avoiding another defeat. However, their hosts are also enduring turbulent times in the league. Real Betis will believe they have what it takes to do the double over Barcelona, making this another interesting encounter in Spain this weekend.

Teams Status

Take a look at the latest team performance and availability news from Betis and Barcelona:

Real Betis Form and Team News

Winning the Copa Del Rey title will be the highpoint of Real Betis’s season, but securing a Champions League place will also feel like a win for this Sevilla team. The latter outcome is unlikely, as a three-match winless run has seen Manuel Pellegrini’s men remain six points behind third-placed Sevilla.

Real Betis have failed to score in three consecutive La Liga matches, their worst run since 2016, and are yet to win at home against Barcelona in La Liga since March 2008. They have also never completed the league double over their visitors. With such grim statistics looking them in the face, they have to perform a truly remarkable performance to salvage anything from this match.

Real Betis have Martin Montoya, William Carvalho, Marc Bartra, and Victor Camarasa on the sidelines due to injuries, and they will not feature in Barcelona’s visit.

Barcelona Form and Team News

Barcelona’s season seems to have ended early, and the Blaugrana will go trophyless, with a Champions League berth the only thing they stand to celebrate. Their fortunes have improved under Xavi, but a run of two wins and three losses in their last five matches shows a dearth of confidence in their ranks.

They have five straight wins on the bounce away from home and remain the league’s second-best performing side away from home. Needing only a win to seal their place in the Champions League next season, and with 50 million Euros at stake, Xavi’s men will be motivated to get the job done in Sevilla.

Barcelona have a string of absences with Martin Braithwaite and Oscar Mingueza down with illnesses, Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Pedri, and Nico all injured, and Sergi Roberto lacking match fitness.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Although they travel to the Estadio Benito Villamarín, Barcelona remain slight favorites to win this game, with the sportsbooks at Parimatch, Paripesa, and Melbet placing the away side to win at 2.23, 2.22, and 2.22 odds, respectively.

A win for the home team, Real Betis, is placed at 3.10, 3.3, and 3.3 odds on all three sportsbooks, and a full-time draw is available on Parimatch, Paripesa, and Melbet at 3.75, 3.8, and 3.8 odds, respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

Barcelona have a strong away record in the league, winning five of their last five games on the road. They also have a superior head-to-head record over Betis, with seven wins, two losses, and one draw in their last ten encounters. Real Betis won the reverse fixture in December and will hope they can pull off another win this time. Here are our tips for this clash:

Tip: Both Teams To Score @ 1.52

Real Betis have not scored in three consecutive La Liga games and will be desperate to break their goal duck and get themselves back on track for Champions League contention. Barcelona will want to secure the second spot and a Champions League place as soon as possible, so we expect both teams to go all out for the win. Both teams to score is available on the sportsbook at at 1.52 odds.

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.18

In nine of the last ten meetings between Real Betis and Barcelona, each game produced a multi-goal result. Although the last meeting ended in a 1-0 win for Real Betis, we expect more than one goal in this reverse fixture. Over 1.5 goals is available on the Melbet sportsbook at 1.18 odds.


Real Betis are seeking to do the double over Barcelona for the first time since 2008. Both teams have not been convincing in the league recently, but we expect a highly contested match at Estadio Benito Villamarín.

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