Barcelona is yet to lose a home game in Primera Division, but before Wednesday they were yet to lose two semifinals by a combined seven goals to none. There is a first time for everything and Betis Sevilla could capitalize on the future champions struggles to secure their own place in Europa League.
Match: Barcelona vs Betis Sevilla
Bet: Betis Sevilla +1,5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.28
The visitors have missed out on their chance of closing the gap separating them from Valencia, by drawing at home to relegation candidate La Coruna. After succumbing by three goals to none at Santiago Bernabeu, Betis would’ve better learned its lesson and field a more offensive minded starting formation. Real Madrid proved them that defense is futile when facing one of the best teams in the Spanish championship, and there are even more reasons to play aggressively against Barcelona.
The former champions are struggling with absentees and Messi will probably miss for the second consecutive game, alongside Fabregas, Pujol and Mascherano. Basically, the host will have vital players missing from all sections and replacing all of them at once is a tall order. If the visitors dare to attack and begin with Castro and Molina upfront, they could cause one of the major surprises in Primera Division this season. Time is quickly running out for them and with nothing to lose, coach Pepe Mel could just as well take a leap of faith and attempt to take the initiative in the lion’s den.
Despite its recent struggles, Barcelona remains a formidable opponent and starts as overwhelming favorite against any team at Nou Camp. Punters who want to seize the opportunity and trust Betis not to lose by a wide margin are advised to count on the visitors to cover the spread of 1.5 goals at odds of 2.28 with Pinnacle Sports.