Soccer Picks: Real Betis vs. Barcelona La Liga Tips & Odds

Nila Amerova

Friday, November 8, 2013 2:26 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 2:26 PM UTC

Real Betis play hosts to Barcelona on Sunday, match day 13 of Spain’s Primera Division. A tilt that as expected is being tipped wholeheartedly a one-sided affair, so join us as we attempt to ferret out of the markets some value soccer picks for your consideration.

Barcelona have markets cornered

High-flying Barcelona have sports betting markets cornered for their upcoming La Liga excursion against Real Betis, listed as the hot favourites at -400 at Bet365 to win outright.

Since winning the first instalment of the season’s El Clasico, beating Ancelotti’s side 2-1 at Camp Nou, Barcelona went on to sink Celto de Vigo 3-0 on the road and squeak past Espanyol 1-0. In midweek Champions League, Barca extended their top form with a 3-1 victory over a struggling AC Milan outfit that simply ran out of ideas.

On the back of their three-game winning streak in domestic action, 12-game unbeaten streak, Barcelona are sat lotus atop La Liga but on a slim one-point edge. A Madrid club is nipping at their heels but not ‘The One’ we’ve become accustomed to seeing there in the past few seasons. It’s the other one, Atletico Madrid, who’ve spent countless years in the shadow of their lofty city rivals but have emerged as a serious title threat this season.

Barcelona mindful of growing pressure

Barcelona are mindful of the growing pressure coming from Atletico Madrid, who are too close for comfort. So they’ll be looking to extend their winning form to four in a row on Sunday and, in all likelihood, they will accomplish the victory.

This isn’t a cheeky statement, steeped in bias and favouritism but rather an expectation accompanied by a soupcon of fact, which acknowledges a pedigree that puts a premium on winning. How else have they been able to dominate La Liga for so long, run the table seemingly at whim? It also helps when the opponent strikes as frightening a pose as Tinkerbelle trick-or-treating on Halloween does.

To put another way, why else would Real Betis be trolling for soccer picks at +900 odds to win outright at Bet365. If not because they don’t appear to have a chance, on paper, against Barcelona even if they are playing hosts to the league-leaders.

Real Betis is mired in a battle for top-flight survival already. Hovering just a point below the cut-off line, Real Betis are sat in 18th place on a discouraging 2-3-7 mark on the season, which includes a so-so home record of 2-2-2 and a dreadful 0-1-5 road mark. They are 1-1-1 in their last three home games, including the most recent scoreless draw to Levante.

Over the course of twelve laps around La Liga’s track they’ve only managed to score 11 goals (less than a goal per game) and conceded 24 (a nice healthy 2.0  goals per game) – two stats that point to a lack of offense power/options and defective defence, respectively.

Betting Tips and Picks: From pundits to fans alike the expectation is for a Barcelona win over Real Betis but at a price tag of -400 it’s not a moneymaking soccer pick. So in an effort to pad your pocket, take the Over 2.5 at soccer odds of -250 and Barcelona to win both halves at -150.  For a bonus soccer pick to consider, we also like the handicap bet on Barcelona (-2) at +163 at Bet365.

Soccer Free Picks: Barcelona to win outright at -400, Over 2.5 at -250 and Barcelona to win both halves at -150.

Bonus Soccer Picks: Barcelona -2 at +163
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