09 February 2020 22:33
The ultra competitive La Liga title race carries on this weekend as Barcelona goes away from home for a tricky fixture against Real Betis. Already trailing red-hot Real Madrid by three points, the Blaugrana can ill afford another slip-up in the race. This weekend's match could prove crucial in the team's bid to catch up. How to Watch When: Sunday, February 9 Time: 3:00 p.m. ET TV: beIN Sports Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) Playing away from Camp Nou this season has been Barcelona's weak point. The team has only taken full points four times out of 11 tries in La Liga so far this season.
Of those seven results, the team has lost four times. Another poor result away from home could be exactly what Real Madrid needs to open up an even bigger gap at the top of the table. The pressure on new manager Quique Setién and the entire squad is already high. Falling behind even further would just cause that intense pressure to mount. Without a proven No. 9 available with the long-term injury to Luis Suarez, other attackers have been forced to step up.
In the 2-1 win against Levante last weekend, it was teenage sensation Ansu Fati who provided the needed scoring touch for Barca. The 17-year-old phenom scored both goals in the first half thanks to some brilliant playmaking by Lionel Messi. With Messi and Antoine Greizmann as the high-profile attacking stars, the search for the third wheel is ongoing. Fati showed he's capable of special things, but is he ready to consistently perform under massive pressure to succeed? RB Vs BAR Dream 11 Prediction: Real Betis Vs Barcelona Best Dream 11 Team for La Liga 2019-20. In the midst of a bust-up, Barcelona strive to restore semblance on the pitch. The rift between Messi and the Barcelona management is now wide in the open with the spat having contentious results on the club's functioning. It was the last thing this Barcelona side needed at a moment when they are embroiled in a stiff title battle with Real Madrid, one which has done no favours to their aspirations. While addressing concerns in their brand of football was a colossal enough task with the club failing to overhaul things despite a change in management, their recent tiff has only left the club's supporters further seething. It lead to the club being dismissed by Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals of the Copa de Ray most recently with a drab Barcelona showing being made to pay for as they were defeated 1-0. And to add to add to ther woes, the club has now lost ground in the fight for the title as well with Real Madrid taking over the first place Barcelona occupied previously. It something this Real Betis side will be looking to capitalise on as they strive to muster up an elusive win after having won only once in their last five fixtures. Probable Winner With both the sides filled with lapses at the moment, this is going to be a tie either approaches extremely tentatively. What will favour Barcelona is Real Bets' inability to shut down attacking plays, one which should all Barcelona to rake up the goals today. Probable Playing 11 Team News Juanmi and Guardado are both going to be missing this one for Real Betis given their ongoing injury concerns. Luis Suarez, Dembele and Neto will all be sitting this one out for Barcelona with all yet to recover from their injuries. Joel Robles, Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Alex Moreno, William Carvalho, Fekir, Alena, Canales, Joaquin, Loren Moron Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Umtiti, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Arthur, Messi, Griezmann, Ansu Fati Match Details La Liga 2019-20 Match: Real Betis Vs Barcelona Date And Time: 10th February, Monday- 1:30am IST Venue: Estadio El Sadar, Osasuna Pivotal Players Emerson, Mandi, Joaquin, Loren Moron Nelson Semedo, Lenglet, Arthur, Ansu Fati Top Scorer Loren Moron: 8 Goals, 2 Assists Messi: 14 Goals, 8 Assists Freekick and Corner Taker Real Betis Canales Barcelona Messi Bygone Encounter Barcelona Vs Real Betis: 5-2 Dream 11 Picks Goal-Keeper Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be our pick for the goal-keeping docket for today's forthcoming contest. The shot stopper has an ability to parry away shots, one he'll be required to revel his side in given the waning quality of their defensive unit. Defenders While Barcelona's defence has made for agonising viewing off late, out of these two sides, is the only backline we have some kind of faith in. If any side is going to keep alive the flicker of a chance of emerging with a shut down today, it's going to be the visiting unit to see us move in with both Charles Lenglet and Nelson Semedo for the day's clash. Elsewhere, Emerson makes his way into our team from Real Betis given the attacking penchant he has, one which has seen him become a regular contributor in the side's attacking plays. Midfielders At a time when Barcelona's failure to string together meaningful attacking plays have been blatantly evident, Ansu Fati has been able to offer some kind of solace to the regressing unit. He scored twice in their 2-1 win over Leganes the last time around, a showing which sees us make him our first option from the side. He's joined by Frenkie de Jong while from the opposition, the seven goals and 2 assists will be making Joaquin Rodriguez an instant selection with Carles Alena joining him up for the encounter. Strikers Barcelona's leading scorer with the 14 goals and 8 assists, Lionel Messi was always going to be an instant selection for us for the affair. With 7 goals and 4 assists, Antoine Griezmann comes in as well from the unit while from Real Betis, their top scorer with 8 goals and 2 assists, Loren Moron wraps up our Dream 11 side for the encounter. Captain And Vice-Captain Fati comes in to captain our side while Messi is the vice-captain. Note: For Updated teams after lineup announcement, join The SportsRush Premium on our mobile app. Click Here for more Dream11 Teams Prediction Dream 11 Disclaimer All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.