Barcelona vs. Real Betis: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2018

Barcelona players celebrate scoring their side's first goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Inter Milan and Barcelona at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Barcelona host Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday and will be pursuing their fourth consecutive win in La Liga.

The Catalan giants hold a three-point lead at the top of La Liga and are seven points ahead of Real Madrid. A victory could pile some added pressure on Los Blancos ahead of their tricky match with Celta Vigo on Sunday night.

Betis, meanwhile, will be hoping to record their first win the Spanish top flight since September.

                  

Date: Sunday, November 11

Time: 3:15 p.m. GMT/10:15 a.m. ET

TV: beIN Sports (USA)

Live Stream: Eleven Sports (UK), beIN Sports Connect (U.S.)

Odds: Barcelona (1-5), draw (6-1), Real Betis (12-1)

Odds according to OddsShark.

                         

Barcelona could welcome back Lionel Messi to the team on Sunday, though it will be up to the player as to whether he plays or saves himself until after the international break, according to Sport's Sergi Capdevila.

His return after several weeks out with an arm injury would give the team a lift, but if the decision is made not to risk him, they can at least look to their other players who have stepped up in his absence.

Luis Suarez has netted six times in his past three league games, while summer signing Malcom will be hoping for a run-out after he made a rare and successful appearance for Barca in their 1-1 draw with Inter Milan on Tuesday:

It was just the 21-year-old's fourth appearance since he arrived from Bordeaux. Football writer Ryan Baldi is hoping Malcom's goal will lead to more outings:

The Brazilian has spent just 114 minutes on the pitch in all competitions this season, but he will jump at the chance of more opportunities if manager Ernesto Valverde rewards him with another appearance.

Meanwhile, Betis come into the match fresh from a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League.

ESPN's Matteo Bonetti was impressed with their efforts:

They will need to put in a similar performance on Sunday to have a chance, but they haven't been quite so inspiring in La Liga this term.

Los Verdiblancos have scored just eight times in the league, the second-worst record behind Valencia's seven goals, with just one coming away from home.

By contrast, Barca have scored 31 goals, with 23—more than any other team has managed in total—coming at the Camp Nou.

If those patterns continue on Sunday, it should be a one-sided encounter. But if Betis can keep their momentum from Thursday, they could make life difficult for their hosts.

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