Real Betis vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Barcelona travel to face Real Betis as Xavi’s side look to bolster their push to finish as the best of the rest in La Liga.

Barca returned to winning ways after three straight home defeats with a 2-1 win over Mallorca last time out, with the return of Ansu Fati putting the iceing on the cake for the Camp Nou faithful.

Real Betis, meanwhile, were brought back down to earth after their emotional Copa del Rey triumph with a goalless draw at Getafe last weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

When is kick off? Saturday 7 May, 20:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? Estadio Benito Villamarin
TV channel/live stream? La LigaTV (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? La Liga YouTube channel
Referee? Antonio Mateu Lahoz
VAR? Jose Luiz Gonzalez Gonzalez

Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful of welcoming former Barcelona man Martin Montoya back into fold after the full back has been missing since early January with a heel issue.

Victor Camarasa has also been missing in recent months with a tendon injury, although the midfielder isn’t expected to be fit for the visit of Barcelona.

Ansu Fati made his long-awaited return from injury for Barcelona in last weekend’s win over Mallorca, and the 19-year-old could make his first start since November this weekend.

Gerard Pique is facing a spell on the sidelines after the Spain international limped off inside half an hour last time out, while Sergino Dest and Pedri will also miss out.

Oscar Mingueza will be available after recovering from Covid-19, although Nico has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

Last weekend’s win over Mallorca was vital for Barcelona in their pursuit of second place, halting their run of successive home defeats in La Liga.

Coupled with Sevilla’s 1-1 draw at home to Cadiz, it leaves Barcelona in control of their own destiny with just four games remaining.

Real Betis were suffering a hangover from their dramatic Copa del Rey triumph in their goalless draw with Getafe last weekend but, with a further week to prepare for the visit of Barcelona, you’d fully expect Pellegrini’s side to pose Barcelona some problems.

Prediction: Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona

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