In the Spanish Super Cup match on January 12, the Beticos will be tested by the Blue Granatas. Who will make it to the Spanish Super Cup final? What are the best bets for the duel? – the answer in this prediction.
In the second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup, the reigning winner of the Spanish Cup, Real Betis, will play against the 13-time triumphant of the tournament, Barcelona. The game will be played at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh. Last weekend, Betis enjoyed a win in the Primera, where the Whites and Greens beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1.
Manuel Pellegrini is serious about the Super Cup, stating that Betis “goes to Arabia to try to beat Barcelona”. As an added motivation, he will be looking to not increase his already terrible 70% of his career defeats against Barça teams. Nevertheless, while in the Primera the figures of face-to-face matches are frightening, in the Cup and the Super Cup the statistics are about equal.
Today Akuoku, Camarasa, Cruz and Sabaglia, who has a knee injury, will not be able to participate in the game.
Last week, Barcelona traditionally surprised their fans when they only managed to beat the more than modest Intercity in extra time (4:3 a.m.). The fans didn’t expect such a surprise, especially after losing the tournament points in a duel with Espanyol (1-1). After a hard-fought 1-0 win over Atlético de Madrid in the last round, the Catalans managed to climb up to first place with 13 wins and two peaceful outcomes, corresponding to 41 points.
It is impossible not to mention the team’s brilliant game performance in the defense line, which conceded only six times. In addition, Xavi will be further encouraged by the return of top striker Robert Lewandowski, who did not play against Atletico due to his suspension, especially since Barça did not concede in any match when he scored. The Catalans may need his punching power to improve on their recent setback in this competition, as they have lost five of their last seven Super Bowl games.
Roberto, Kessi and Araujo, who has a muscle injury, are questionable.
We assume that in this duel Betis will close down defensively with all their might, but it is unlikely that today the Sevillians will be able to hold back Xavi, who has enough players of the highest caliber in his squad.
In this match, we can’t find any reason why Betis could offer serious resistance to the leader of the Primera Liga. Yes, this game is a commercial one, but it is a principled encounter for the Catalans, who deprived their fans of all the trophies last year. We expect full control of the ball from the “blue-granate” and the success of the nominal guests.