Barcelona will look to continue its La Liga dominance with yet another victory over hapless Real Betis on Sunday.
In the grand scheme of La Liga matches this weekend none should be more lopsided than this one. Barca is every bit as good as advertised heading into this campaign. They've picked up 11 victories in 12 matches with a 0-0 draw against Osasuna representing the only "blemish" on their record.
Meanwhile it appears that Real Betis will spend most of this campaign staving off relegation. Through 11 matches the club has just two wins and three draws and stands 19th on the table.
Just because this matchup is lopsided on paper doesn't mean Real Betis doesn't have a shot, though. Osasuna is the only club to play Barca to a draw and they are currently just one spot ahead of Betis on the table.
Here's a look at all the pertinent information for this Sunday's clash.
When: Sunday, Nov. 10
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET; 8 p.m. BST
Watch: BeIn Sport; Live Stream at BeIn Sport Play
Odds: Barcelona (62.2 percent), Real Betis (18.1 percent), Draw (19.7 percent) via Bloomberg Sports
Storylines to Watch
Anytime there is a league-leading club on a three-match win streak taking on a cellar dweller on a five-match winless streak, there aren't going to be too many storylines to watch.
Realistically, Barcelona is playing against itself in this one. Through a long season it's difficult to be motivated to perform every single time out and the biggest concern in this match will be with playing with the same energy the Catalans bring to every matchup.
Aside from that, this is a great opportunity for Lionel Messi to make up some ground in the race to be La Liga's top scorer and eventually, Ballon d'Or.
At this point, Messi has just eight goals on the La Liga season compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's 16. With Ronaldo already lighting up Real Sociedad for three goals this weekend, Messi has the opportunity to answer against a porous defense that has given up 20 goals this season.
For Betis, there's only one reason to believe they can hang around in this match. Barcelona's only draw came against a club that is just as bad as they are in Osasuna. Unfortunately for them, that draw wasn't really a product of anything that Osasuna did as much as an off-day from powerful Barcelona.
Osasuna still managed just one shot on goal and were dominated in terms of possession.
That means Betis really doesn't have a blueprint for at least slowing down this Barcelona squad and that could mean trouble. Expect Barcelona to earn a statement win and work in some subs throughout the match.
Barcelona 5, Real Betis 1
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