Preview stats Barcelona vs Real Betis.
The Spanish La Liga, December 04, Kick-off 15:15 GMT
Barcelona vs Real Betis PREVIEW STATS
Xavi Hernández has won his first two LaLiga games as Barcelona manager in LaLiga – only four managers have won their first three matches for Barcelona in the competition in the 21st Century: Tito Vilanova, Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde.
FC Barcelona have lost just one of their last 20 LaLiga games against Real Betis (W16 D3), 3-4 in November 2018, the only time the Blaugranas lost a game at home while scoring 3+ goals in the competition in the 21st Century.
Barcelona have scored in each of their last 31 LaLiga games against Real Betis (94 goals in total, 3 goals per game on average). If they score, this will be their best ever scoring run against the same opponent in the competition (32).
Real Betis’ Manuel Pellegrini has only won one of his 10 away LaLiga games managed at Camp Nou (D2 L7), 2-1 as Villarreal boss in March 2008, and his team have never kept a clean sheet in those matches (30 goals conceded, three on average).
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last four LaLiga games (W2 D2), after losing three of their previous four in the competition (W1) – they have won their last two matches and could win three in a row for the first time in LaLiga since April 2021 (6).
REAL BETIS STATS
Real Betis haven’t kept a clean sheet against Barcelona in LaLiga since September 2002 (3-0 at Nuevo Colombino) when the current Blaugrana manager, Xavi Hernández, played his 100th game in the Top-flight.
Real Betis have won eight of their last 15 LaLiga 2021/22 games (D3 L4), only once previously have they won nine of their first 16 in a single season in the Top-flight in the 21st Century (2012/13, W9 D1 L6).
TOP PLAYER(S) STATS
Real Betis’ Willian José has been involved in five goals in seven LaLiga games as a starter against Barcelona (four goals and one assist).
Willian José provided two assists in his last LaLiga game for Real Betis against Levante, as many as in his previous two seasons in the competition combined (two assists in 50 games for Real Sociedad).
Barcelona’s Memphis Depay has scored in eight of his 14 appearances in LaLiga this season (eight goals), scoring in more different games than any other player.