Match Today: Barcelona vs Real Betis 12-01-2023 Spanish Super Cup
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Real Betis has seen growth over the past few years, and their Copa del Rey win in Spain last season secured them a place in the quarter-finals of the Spanish Super Cup.
They will face Barcelona in a match on Thursday evening at the King Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia as they chase another piece of the silverware. Real Betis have performed well since the return of events after the 2022 World Cup and are approaching this match without defeat in their last three matches.
They've racked up two straight wins and scored six goals in the process, while in their last seven games, they've lost once, five wins and four clean sheets. That run would give Real Betis reason to believe they could trouble Barcelona here, but their form against the Catalans wasn't great, with eight. Losses in the last 10 matches.
They beat Barcelona 1-0 at the Camp Nou last season, but it will take a lot to beat the current Barcelona. This is their second appearance in the Super Cup, with the first game ending in a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Real Betis
On the other hand, Barcelona comes from a difficult 1-0 victory over rivals Atletico Madrid, and after finishing second by a wide margin in the Spanish League last season, it seems that they are ready to win the title this time.
Barcelona are in fine form and have come here with four wins in their last five games, however, they have struggled to hold their defensive stamina in La Liga for the cup competition and recently conceded three goals against Inter City in the Copa del Rey, only needing one in extra time from Ansu. Fati to beat the rest 4-3.
They have two clean sheets in six matches but in three of the last five matches they have scored two goals.
Barcelona entered this match with only one loss in 10 matches, but they have not achieved an outright victory in their last four matches in the Super Cup. Their only victory in those four matches was a penalty shootout After the game in 2021 when they beat Real Sociedad.
Betis will have to dispense with Youssef Sabali for this match as he has an ankle injury, while Paul Akoko is also off with a muscle strain. Alex Moreno is available for selection but since he is linked with a move away, he could be out of Manuel Pellegrini's plans for this competition.
Real Betis vs Barcelona
Barcelona also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches in the Super Cup. Barcelona will be able to deal with a much stronger team than they did in beating Atleti; Ousmane Dembele put his chances in great favor with the winning goal and he can start in the front line that welcomes back Robert Lewandowski and Jordi Alba.
However, the Catalans will miss Ferran Torres, who has been suspended. Barcelona do not have a clean sheet in seven matches in the Super Cup. Barcelona have managed to achieve two clean sheets in the last six matches.
Barcelona have won four of their last five matches. Real Betis have lost eight of their last 10 encounters with Barcelona. Real Betis have scored six goals in their last two matches. Real Betis are quite the underdogs here, but their level of scoring in recent matches should give them confidence against anyone. The best defensive teams.
With three wins in five, Real Betis will go into this match looking to shock, but Barcelona are not easy to beat, although their defensive performance in cup matches has left many wanting.