Xavi’s side were pretty underwhelming last time out but still managed to force through a 1-0 win over Girona which, coupled with Real Madrid’s slip-up against Real Sociedad, could have some major ramifications in the title race.
Next up for Barcelona is a tough meeting with sixth-placed Betis, who came close to snatching a win over the Blaugrana in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final in January, falling on penalties after a 2-2 draw in 120 minutes.
Real Betis team news
Winger Juan Cruz remains out with a hamstring injury but there are no further fitness worries for Betis, who welcomed both Nabil Fekir and Juanmi back from their own fitness concerns last time out.
Real Betis predicted lineup vs Barcelona
(4-2-3-1): Silva; Sabaly, Pezzella, Felipe, Miranda; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Henrique, Fekir, Rodri; Iglesias
Barcelona team news
Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres have both served their suspensions and are back in the mix, with the former almost certain to start up top.
The bad news for Xavi concerns winger Ousmane Dembele, who is expected to miss around a month because of a hamstring issue.
(4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi
Prediction: Real Betis 1-2 Barcelona