La Liga leaders Barcelona will look to extend their lead at the top of the league table when they make the trip to Real Betis on Sunday night. The Blaugrana are coming into the match on the back of an emphatic 5-1 win over Lyon in the last-16 stage of the Champions League and will fancy themselves to get the job done at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.
Here are three things to look forward to as Real Betis host Barcelona:
3. Real Betis’ Giant Killing
Eighth-placed Real Betis aren’t the most consistent team in the division but they are more than capable of springing up a surprise or two. They beat second-placed Atletico Madrid at home in February and also beat Barcelona 4-3 in the reverse fixture, at Camp Nou. The visitors are the outright favourites for tonight’s clash but ruling out Quique Setien’s Betis is never a good idea.
2. An Open Contest
Barcelona and Real Betis played out a seven-goal thriller in the reverse fixture and we believe we are in for yet another memorable goal fest tonight. Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona aren’t the most flamboyant team in the world, but they sure know how to put on a show.
Betis, too, have indulged in some mouth-watering clashes over the course of the season and won’t rest on their laurels against the league leaders.
1. Barcelona’s Chance to Pull ahead
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday evening. The result in the Basque country has presented Barcelona with an opportunity to pull further ahead in the title race. With a win, Barcelona would extend their lead to ten-points at the summit. And with only 10 games left to play, the lead is likely to be decisive.
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