Barca vs Real Betis: Team news, predictions & likely lineups
La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 25/08/2019
Barcelona will be looking to bounce back from last week's shock defeat to Athletic Bilbao when they welcome Real Betis in their first home game of the 2019-20 La Liga campaign.Aritz Aduriz scored late on as Barca suffered a 1-0 defeat at San Mames in their league opener, while Betis also lost their first match at home to Real Valladolid.Team NewsBarcelona are set to be blessed with the return of star man Lionel Messi, who is in contention to play on Sunday. The Argentine missed the start of the season with a calf injury but could feature this weekend after returning to training on Wednesday for the first time in weeks. While Messi's return is hugely positive for Barca, Ernesto Valverde still has other injury concerns. Luis Suarez is out with a calf injury he picked up in the season opener, Ousmane Dembele is sidelined for five weeks with a hamstring injury and Neto is out with a hand injury.Real Betis travel to Catalonia with one key absentee, with new signing Borja Iglesias missing out with a sprained ankle. Betis are also without goalkeeper Joel Robles, who is serving a one-match suspension after being sent off eight minutes into their league opener last week.Head to HeadLast season's 4-3 victory at Camp Nou proved to be the first time that Betis had won an away league game against Barcelona since May 1998.