Barcelona started the 2016-17 Spanish La Liga season in flying colours as they ripped Real Betis apart in first 45 minutes. Arda Turan opened the scoring while Ruben Castro’s equalizer was short lived as Messi and Suarez scored two quick goals before the break to pretty much settle the match. Barcelona looked strong as ever going forward but their defensive issues were highlighted on rare occasions when Real Betis managed to put a few passes together. Messi and Suarez scored again after the break to make it 5-1
FC Barcelona 6-2 Real Betis Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga Match 2016-17 ]
6′ 1 – 0 Arda Turan continue his superb pre-season form as he scores the first goal for Barcelona to make it 1-0 in just 6th minute.
21′ 1 – 1 Ruben Castro brought Betis back momentarily with a nicely taken goal in 21st minute.
37′ 2 – 1 Lionel Messi scores his first league goal of the season to put Barcelona right back in the lead.
42′ 3 – 1 Luis Suarez doubles the lead just before the break with quick first time finish from inside the box.
56′ 4 – 1 Luis Suarez was on hand to score his second and Barca’s fourth of the night
58′ 5 – 1 Lionel Messi scored his second of the night around hour mark and pretty much settle the result.
82′ 6 – 1 Luis Suarez completed his hattrick and it was hist 17th league goal in last 6 games.
84′ 6 – 2 Ruben Castro scored what was a consolation goal.
Real Betis however has been woeful at home only winning 5 games in the 17 matches they have played so far. While Barcelona are second only to Atletico as far as away form is concerned. They have scored most number of goals (40) away from home while conceding only 15. Neymar, Messi and Suarez are all fit and fresh as catalunya club are no longer playing in midweek champions league games.
FC Barcelona vs Rea Betis
Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Match
Date: Saturday, 20 August 2016 – Time: 16:15 CET / 15:15 uk time
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Highlights: If you missed the live action you can always tune in here on this page to get full match extended highlights.
Last time these two meet was back in April earlier in the year when Suarez brace ensured a 2-0 win which also enabled him to win Pichichi award. Suarez is set to start alongside Messi in attack while Neymar will join the squad later as he is busy with Brazil Olympics team.
Team News & Lineups: Luis Enrique side has turned the tables in last two games winning both by handsom margin thanks to Europe’s most prolific hitman in Luis Suarez who has scored 8 goals in last 2 matches and he will be the key against on Saturday night. Barca don’t have any new injury concerns apart from second string players like Vermalen, Samper, Sandro missing through respective injuries. We can fully expect Barcelona to start with full strength side with Messi, Neymar and Suarez playing upfront while Rakitic, Iniesta to play alongside Busquest in midfield. Dani Alves might be brought back in the starting lineup having come on as a sub in previous game.
Match Predictions: Since Barca don’t have nay midweek assignments anymore team is already showing signs of form which made them go 39 games unbeaten. Barcelona’s back to back defeats are seem long time ago with Suarez scoring goals for fun and I can see another riot against Betis on Saturday night. I am going with a comfortable 3-0 win for Barcelona and it might give us clearer picture about who of the top three is not going to win the league. I expect Real Madrid to drop points against Sociedad while Atletico should win against Vallecano.