Pep Guardiola takes charge of his final La Liga game as manager of Barcelona this weekend when his side travels to Real Betis looking to finish the league season on a high, as free bets are on offer with Bet365, who offer short odds on the Catalan giants ending their campaign with a win.
The reigning Champions – who have lost out on the title to Real Madrid this year – have the Copa del Rey final to come later this month, so they would love victory this weekend to go into the clash with Athletic Bilbao.
As far as Guardiola is concerned, his last home game as manager went superbly well with a 4-0 victory over Espanyol. It was an emotional occasion for him too, but there is no way that he is resting on his laurels just yet.
Regardless of where his future lies, the Barcelona boss will be determined to finish the league campaign with a win and then have his fitting finale by lifting the Copa del Rey trophy on the 25th May.
Going into this weekend’s trip to Real Betis, there is no doubt that Madrid winning the title will still hurt, but Barcelona are in excellent form having won their last three games.
They have scored 15 goals in this sequence too, with Lionel Messi getting nine of them, so they appear to be in the mood to finish the season strongly.
As for Betis, they have very little to play for in La Liga – they sit 12th in the table going into the final weekend – although they would love to finish on the high of beating Barcelona.
The home fans will be in party mood too, as are most teams on the final day. Betis have nothing to lose and they might as well enjoy the day. It should be a fantastic atmosphere and an entertaining 90 minute of football.
With regards to the form of Pepe Mel’s men, they have been very inconsistent of late, winning just one of their last four games. They are unbeaten in five league games on home soil though, so will take heart from this.
Overall, Barcelona are definitely favourites, although Betis will hope they have one eye on the Copa del Rey final as they look to cause a shock on the final weekend of the Spanish league season.