Barcelona vs Real Betis final LIVE Reddit Score 4 Dec 2021
Barcelona return to action for another big La Liga match as they welcome high-flying Real Betis to the Greatest Stadium on Earth for what promises to be a highly entertaining affair. Ever since taking over for Ronald Koeman a month ago, Xavi Hernández has brought the fun back to Barça. Even with all the defensive concerns there is no doubt that watching the Blaugrana play is fun again, and while we wait for the rebuilding process to bring back the glory days it isn’t the worst thing in the world to have fun watching our favorite team.
But winning is fun too, and Barça have won two games in a row in the league for the first time all season. Another team who is doing plenty of winning is Betis, who have somehow fallen a bit under the radar in the conversation of the best teams in La Liga. Manuel Pellegrini’s side is playing excellent football, scoring goals for fun and looks like a serious contender for a Champions League place at the moment.
That’s why beating them is so important for Barça: a win against what will probably be a direct Top 4 rival will mean not only a big jump in the table but also a big boost of confidence, one that is absolutely necessary with the season-defining trip to Bayern Munich in the Champions League just a few days away.
Xavi may not need to rotate his team having had a full week of training and the Bayern game coming on Wednesday instead of Tuesday, so we’ll probably see Barça’s strongest team for this one. And the strongest team at the top of its game will be needed to beat Betis. Make no mistake about it: they are REALLY good, very talented and very well coached. Three points will be massive, but don’t be surprised if this one ends in a draw — or worse.
Hello everyone and welcome along to our Barcelona vs Real Betis live blog for this Saturday’s LaLiga Santander Matchday 16 clash. This is Xavi Hernandez’s fourth match in charge and he’ll take on a coach at the opposite end of his career, in Real Betis’ Manuel Pellegrini. It should be a thriller at the Camp Nou and we’ll be bringing you all the updates.
Xavi has made a positive impression since taking charge of Barcelona last month, with the Spaniard winning two and drawing one of his three matches at the helm, including back-to-back league successes over Espanyol and Villarreal.
The Catalan giants were held to a 0-0 draw by Benfica in the Champions League on November 23, though, meaning that they need to beat Bayern Munich on December 8 to ensure that they claim second spot in Group E and a spot in the knockout round of the competition.
Barcelona have won six, drawn five and lost three of their 14 league matches this season to collect 23 points, which has left them in seventh position in the table ahead of the next set of fixtures in Spain’s top flight.
A title challenge is unlikely this season, as they already trail leaders Real Madrid by 13 points, but the La Liga giants are only five points off fourth-placed Sevilla, and it would be a huge surprise to see them outside of the top four next May, even considering their recent problems.
Barcelona have won each of their last five league games against Betis, including a 5-2 victory in the corresponding match at Camp Nou last term.
Betis, meanwhile, will enter the contest off the back of a 4-0 win over CFI Alicante in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, which saw them book their spot in the second round of the competition.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have now been victorious in each of their last four matches, including a 2-0 success over Ferencvaros in the Europa League on November 25, which saw them book their spot in the next round of the European competition with a game to spare.
Betis have also won their last two in La Liga, including a 3-1 success over Levante last weekend, which has left them in fifth position in the table, just a point behind fourth-placed Sevilla.
The Green and Whites have been impressive in the final third this season, scoring 25 times in 15 matches, with only Atletico Madrid (26) and Real Madrid (35) netting more in Spain’s top flight this term.
Los Verdiblancos finished sixth in La Liga last season and will certainly have their eye on a top-four finish, with Pellegrini putting together an excellent squad at Estadio Benito Villamarin.