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12.02.2009 12:26

Tough ten years at Betis

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On Saturday, Barça will be travelling to a ground where they have only won twice on their last ten visits. At the Ruiz de Lopera they have only won 8 of the last 27 points at stake.

The first and fourteenth placed sides meet this weekend at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, and Barça will be looking to make amends for some poor results on their trips to play the green and white half of Seville.

8 out of 27

Davidsx_Betis_-_FCB_14-4-04.jpgIn the last ten years FC Barcelona have been to Betis 9 times (as Betis played in the second division in 2000/01), and aside from the two wins, they have drawn twice and lost no fewer than five times.

Difficult venue

Etoxo2.JPGIn turn, Barça have not lost to Betis at the Camp Nou over the same period, but it seems the Ruiz de Lopera is no happy hunting ground. The two wins were convincing enough though, in the 1998/99 (0-3) and 2005/06 (1-4) seasons. Both of the draws ended 1-1, and came in 2003/04 and 2006/07.

The last time

The Catalan and Andalusian outfits last met at the Ruiz de Lopera in a game that Barça fans would probably prefer to forget. Barça dominated the game and were 2-0 up after the first quarter of an hour thanks to goals from Bojan and Eto'o. But a brace from Edú and another from Juanito in the second half sealed a comeback that put a serous dent in Barça’s title aspirations.

Tough ten years at Betis
Goals level
The goalscoring stats for the last nine games at Ruiz de Lopera also show how much trouble Barça have at the stadium. Barça have scored 13 goals and conceded 14. That makes for an average of 1.4 goals a game for the Catalans on visits to Betis.

Throughout history, Barça have won 18 league games away to Betis, and have drawn 11 and lost 16.

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