Real Betis vs Barcelona

Real Betis vs Barcelona Live Stream, How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time.La Liga champions Barcelona go in search of their first win of the 2019-20 season on Sunday when Real Betis visit the Camp Nou.

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Ernesto Valverde’s side suffered a surprise defeat to Athletic Bilbao on the opening weekend, while Betis were also beaten in their home match against Real Valladolid.

La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Betis
Date: Sunday, August 25
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: beIN SPORTS
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

Real Betis overcame Barcelona 4-3 on their last visit to the Camp Nou in November 2018, although the Catalan giants hit back with a 4-1 victory in the return fixture in March.

The second weekend of La Liga marks the home opener for the two-time defending champions.  Barcelona continues to pursue the biggest transfer of the summer, while they also hope to get their captain and best player back to face a very difficult opponent, who showed last season that they can win at Camp Nou.

Last week’s defeat to Athletic Bilbao followed by injuries to Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé brought cloudy skies to Barcelona, which didn’t look likely after a great preseason and plenty of optimism. Now Barça has to try and regroup and convince PSG to sell them Neymar, but on Sunday all that matters is a win. In what’s expected to be such a tight title race with the two Madrid giants, the Catalans cannot afford two bad results in a row.

To get their first win of the season, Barcelona will have to find a way to beat a very good Real Betis team that changed coaches and brought reinforcements over the summer, including World Cup winner Nabil Fekir. Betis won at Camp Nou, 4-3, last season, which was Barça’s only home loss in the entire title-winning campaign, which proves that Betis won’t be afraid of the occasion and promise to make things tough.

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Barcelona have injury problems ahead of Sunday’s match. The club announced striker Luis Suarez picked up a calf problem against Athletic, while Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out for five weeks:

Captain Lionel Messi is yet to feature after picking up a calf injury in pre-season. He has returned to training but is likely to start on the bench, according to Javier Miguel at AS.

Messi scored five goals in two La Liga matches against Betis last season, including a hat-trick at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.

His third goal in the match has been nominated for the 2019 Puskas Award:However, the club may have to cope without Iglesias. The striker suffered an ankle injury in Betis’ opener and is facing a battle to be fit in time, per Miguel A Moran at Marca.

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Barcelona are favourites for the win on Sunday in their first home La Liga match of the season, and anything other than a victory will put pressure on Valverde after beginning their title defence with a loss.

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