Barcelona vs Real Betis H2H: Will teenage sensation Lamine Yamal star again?

Barcelona face Real Betis at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium this Saturday. It’s a 21:00 kick off local time as both sides play their fifth fixtures of La Liga 2023/24. Three points for the hosts would send them to the top of the table for 24 hours at least.

Barcelona vs Real Betis
LaLiga Santander match played on 29/04/23 between Barcelona and Betis. In this picture, Barcelona players celebrate a goal. Photo by Icon Sport

Barcelona vs Real Betis H2H Record

There have been 126 meetings previously between Barcelona and Real Betis in all competitions.

  • Barcelona Wins: 76
  • Draws: 23
  • Real Betis Wins: 27

This has historically been one of the most entertaining fixtures in Spain with goals almost guaranteed. 10 of the last 11 league meetings have produced 3 or more goals and it hasn’t been all one way traffic with Betis winning on two of their last five league visits to FC Barcelona.

That includes a 4-3 classic in 2018 when recent Inter Miami signing Leo Messi netted a brace for the Catalans but couldn’t prevent the visitors claiming a famous win.

Messi
11th November 2018, Camp Nou -Leo Messi of FC Barcelona breaks forward under pressure from Guardado of Real Betis Photo: Pedro Salado / Action Plus / Icon Sport

Last time out…

The most recent clash was much more comfortable for Barcelona. They cruised to a 4-0 victory over Betis in one of their final home games at Camp Nou. The visitors faced an uphill struggle after Edgar Gonzalez’s early red card and the Catalans eased home with Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha among the scorers.

That was a significant win as it all but ended any hope of any team catching Barca in the title race. They got their hands on the trophy a fortnight later with a 4-2 derby win at Espanyol.

Barcelona face Real Betis
Joaquin Sanchez of Real Betis injured during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis played at Spotify Camp Nou Stadium on April 29, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Sergio Ruiz / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport)

Barcelona vs Real Betis H2H: Potential MVP

This could be another opportunity for Barca wonderkid Lamine Yamal to showcase his talents. He was outstanding in the recent 4-3 win at Villarreal and kept his place last time out, despite the availability of new signing Joao Felix and Brazilian winger Raphinha.

Those displays helped Lamine Yamal earn a first international call-up and he duly became Spain’s youngest ever player and goalscorer in the 7-1 demolition of Georgia, an incredible achievement for a player who only turned 16 in July.

He then became La Roja’s youngest ever starter against Cyprus on Tuesday as the hype surrounding the exciting winger continues to grow.

Xavi will have something of a decision to make here and indeed in the coming weeks which will see Barcelona play a lot of matches in domestic and European competition. He’ll be conscious of his duty to manage the workload of a player who is essentially still a child, but Lamine Yamal has already proven how much of an asset he can be to this Barcelona side.

Lamine Yamal
Lamine Yamal (FC Barcelona) controls the ball during the LaLiga EA Sports – Matchday 3 match between FC Villarreal v FC Barcelona at the Estadio de la Ceramica on August 27, 2023 in Vila-real, Spain. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/DeFodi Images) – Photo by Icon sport

Barcelona: Players in focus

A full debut for Joao Cancelo

Xavi pushed hard for the signing of Joao Cancelo from Manchester City and the Portuguese full back is in line for a first Barca start here.

Felix on the bench?

Joao Felix may have to wait a bit longer to make his full debut but is likely to feature again off the bench against a side he has netted 3 career goals against.

Lewandowski to fire against Betis again

Robert Lewandowski scored in both of Barcelona’s matches against Betis last season in his first year in La Liga.

Robert Lewandowski
Rui Silva of Real Betis and Robert Lewandowski of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis played at Spotify Camp Nou Stadium on April 29, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Sergio Ruiz / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport)

Real Betis: Players in focus

Isco looking sharp

Many doubted Isco’s ability to reach his old levels after several barren years, but he has impressed since joining Betis. However the former Real Madrid man has failed to score or assist in 15 La Liga matches against Barca.

Willian Jose on the goal trail

Willian Jose was strongly linked with a move away from the Benito Villamarin this summer, but he’s scored 3 times already this term including a stunning free-kick last time out against Rayo.

Former Barca man Bartra set for first start

Marc Bartra is a new signing for Real Betis after just one season in Turkey and he’s likely to make his second debut for the club after Luiz Felipe’s move to Saudi Arabia finally went through over the international break.

Isco
Isco Alarcon of Real Betis during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano played at Benito Villamarin Stadium on September 2 in Sevilla, Spain. (Photo by Antonio Pozo / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport)

Final Prediction

Barcelona were too strong for Betis last season but it’s early days in their title defence and they are still getting used to the relatively uninspiring surroundings of the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium. This could be closer than their 4-0 rout in April, but the home team may still have the edge over 90 minutes.

We’re saying 2-1 to Barcelona with Robert Lewandowski to score the first goal.


Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.