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Real Betis v Barcelona: La Liga live!

Real Betis (3-4-2-1) Pau Lopez; Mandi, Sidnei, Bartra; Tello, Lo Celso, Carvalho, Guardado; Canales, Joaquin; Jese.
Substitutes: Robles, Emerson, Diego Lainez, Javi Garcia, Kaptoum, Loren, Sergio Leon.

Barcelona (4-4-2) ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Arthur; Messi, Suarez.
Substitutes: Cillessen, Semedo, Umtiti, Alena, Coutinho, Malcom, Boateng.

Pop quiz, hotshot. What last occurred on Wednesday 7 May 2008, a whopping 3966 days ago? Yes, ha ha, very good. The actual answer, which pertains to tonight’s coverage of Real Betis v Barcelona, is that it’s the last time a team completed the La Liga double over Barcelona.

Real Madrid plugged Frank Rijkaard’s side 4-1 that night, and our Sid went to town on the patheticness of their performance. A lot has changed since then. That match was pre-Pep, pre-MSN, even pre-Dmytro Chygrynskiy. It’s a staggering statistic, really – almost 11 years without being beaten home and away by the same team in the same season. And it shows the scale of what Real Betis could achieve tonight, having already won 4-3 at the Nou Camp in November.

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