The Supercopa de Espana features a massive clash between two La Liga sides this week as Real Betis lock horns with Xavi’s Barcelona side in an important match at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Thursday. Barcelona are currently at the top of the La Liga standings and have been impressive on the domestic front this season.
The Catalan giants edged Atletico Madrid to a crucial 1-0 victory in their previous game and will look to take it up a notch this week. Real Betis, on the other hand, are in fourth place in the league table at the moment and have punched above their weight so far this season. The Andalusian outfit edged Rayo Vallecano to a 2-1 defeat over the weekend and will need to work hard to achieve a similar result in this fixture.
Barcelona have been a formidable force in Spanish competitions under Xavi but have a few chinks in their armor at the moment. The likes of Pedri and Gavi have thrived this season and will need to play key roles in this fixture.
Real Betis can pack a punch on their day and have grown in stature under Manuel Pellegrini. Barcelona are the better team at the moment, however, and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Real Betis 1-3 Barcelona
This match will start from 12:30 am
This match will take place on 13 January 2023
Real Betis boss Pellegrini is expected to name a strong starting lineup on Thursday, with Guido Rodriguez and Rodri set to be recalled after beginning on the bench against Rayo Vallecano.
However, Los Verdiblancos will have to cope without right-back Youssouf Sabaly, who is out for around a month with an ankle injury, while Paul Akouokou is sidelined with a muscle problem.
Left-back Alex Moreno, meanwhile, has played his last game for the club after completing a permanent move to Unai Emery’s Aston Villa on Wednesday; Juan Miranda is therefore set to start on the left side of defence.
As for Barcelona, Torres is suspended after receiving a red card last weekend, but Xavi is able to welcome back Robert Lewandowski and Jordi Alba who both served bans last time out.
Silva; Ruibal, Ruiz, Gonzalez, Miranda; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Henrique, Fekir, Rodri; Iglesias
Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, F. de Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele
Tip 1: Result – Barcelona
Tip 2: Game to have over 2.5 goals – Yes
Tip 3: Barcelona to score first – Yes
Tip 4: Robert Lewandowski to score – Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Barcelona win with a probability of 56.38%. A draw has a probability of 22.4% and a win for Real Betis has a probability of 21.23%.
The most likely scoreline for a Barcelona win is 1-2 with a probability of 9.9%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 0-1 (9.84%) and 0-2 (9.27%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (10.51%), while for a Real Betis win it is 2-1 (5.62%).
Only a few broadcasters across the world will air the Supercopa matches. As per LiveSoccerTV, those with no access to a local stream can watch the games on Shahid VIP, a streaming platform.
Real Betis vs Barcelona a great match to watch, Real Betis will win.
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