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Barcelona v Real Betis
Barca cruised to success against Sevilla in the Super Cup in midweek and begin their league campaign by hosting Real Betis, who impressed in their first season back in La Liga last term, finishing 10th, though they were the lowest scorers in the division as they netted just 34 times.
Barca have won 32 of their 38 home games under Luis Enrique, with 20 W/W doubles and 21 wins by more than two goals. When hosting sides between 8th-14th their record is W11-D0-L3 as they led at the break in half of these games while seven of their wins were without conceding and seven were also by more than two goals.
Betis were W5-D6-L8 on the road last term but they were hammered at each of the top-three, losing 5-0 at the Bernabeu, 4-0 at the Nou Camp and 5-1 at the Vicente Calderon. Since Barca have won their last five opening games since 2009/10 by more than two goals when they’ve been at home, we’re expecting them to do the same here, despite the absences of Neymar and Iniesta.
Recommendation: Barcelona -2 Handicap at 1.70
There have been Over 2.5 goals in the last 10 FC Barcelona home league matches. Over Total Goals 2.5 Bet 1.29
Betis have drawn two of their last three away league matches. Draw Win/Draw/Win Bet 10.50