Pep Guardiola insists that he will not field a weakened team for the second leg of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey tie away at Real Betis and this makes the Catalan giants a certain bet to secure victory.
Barcelona won the first leg of the encounter 5-0 at the Nou Camp and are 4/11 to triumph again in Betis.
There must be the temptation for Guardiola to give many of his regular starters a rest, but he has stated his intention to avoid taking things for granted and allowing his team a relaxing evening.
Betis goalkeeper Casto Espinosa is fearing another heavy defeat against the La Liga leaders, but their home form in the Segunda Division gives them an outside squeak of regaining some pride.
They currently top the Spanish second division and this has been supported by the fact they are unbeaten at home, winning nine of their ten games.
Betis are 6/1 to beat Barcelona in the betting odds, while it is 13/5 that they secure a draw.
Lionel Messi helped himself to a hat-trick in the first leg for Barcelona and is the obvious candidate to open the scoring in the return fixture, should he start.
Messi is 2/1 in the betting, but may be given the game off after being struck down by flu.
Therefore, Bojan may represent the best value at 4/1 to break the deadlock, while Andres Iniesta looks overpriced at 8/1 in this market.
Ruben Castro has 13 league goals for Betis this season in the league and represents their best hope of a goal.
Castro is 9/1 to be the game’s first goalscorer.
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