FC Barcelona are set to open their 2017-18 Spanish La Liga campaign with the opening match against Real Betis on Sunday, 20th August 2017 at the Camp Nou. After getting humiliated in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid, Barcelona need to start stronger and this will be a tough game against a team who held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw last season. However Barca put 6 past the same team in the league at Camp Nou. The game is scheduled to kickoff at around 19:15 uk time and SkySports will have live coverage in the UK while beIN Sports to broadcast the game live in the US.
FC Barcelona vs Rea Betis
Spanish La Liga 2017-18 Match
Date: Sunday, 20 August 2017 – Time: 20:15 CET / 19:15 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.
Real Betis are a decent team and usually end up somewhere mid table but when they take on Barcelona at Camp Nou more often than not they end up on getting hammered. Just like last season when Lionel Messi and Suarez helped Barca to a convincing win. However unlike the last few seasons this Barcelona side go into the new season not the team to beat and realistically they are not even the second best team in Spain anymore as I expect Atletico Madrid to put up a better fight against Real Madrid than this Barcelona side.
FC Barcelona 6-2 Real Betis – August 2016
[ 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.
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.