Barcelona and Real Betis are set to clash at Spotify Camp Nou in a highly-anticipated match on Saturday. With Barcelona sitting at the top of the table, Xavi’s side will be looking to maintain their lead or even extend it, while Real Betis, who currently hold the sixth position, will be aiming to climb up the ranks with a win.
According to the rating system, the best-rated players of both teams will be in the spotlight during the match. Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen, who were out with injuries, are set to return to the squad along with Sergio Busquets, who is back from suspension.
However, Sergi Roberto’s hamstring issue puts his appearance in doubt, which means Busquets might join Pedri and Frenkie de Jong in midfield. Youngster Gavi could move forward, while Ferran Torres is expected to be benched. Additionally, Alejandro Balde could move from left-back to right-back, and Jordi Alba could displace Marcos Alonso.
Despite Barcelona’s recent defeat to Rayo Vallecano, the team remains confident, especially after Real Madrid unexpectedly lost to Girona.
Although the eleven-point gap between the top two teams remains unchanged, Real Madrid could potentially narrow the margin to eight if they win their upcoming match against Almeria. Xavi will be eager to see his side bounce back with a better attitude in this match and continue their march towards the title.