Defending champions FC Barcelona got their campaign for a three-peat off to a halting start last weekend, being held goalless in a 1-0 defeat by the always-tough Basque side Athletic Bilbao, per Soccerway. Now the 26-time champs find themselves in what must feel like a truly weird position — sitting in the relegation zone on the La Liga table. And without three of his major scoring threats, Coach Ernesto Valverde will need to get creative to lift the titlists up the table in a clash with last season’s 10th-place finishers Real Betis, that will stream live from Catalan country.
Real Betis was the only La Liga team to defeat Barcelona at the fortress known as the Nou Camp last season, winning a wild, 4-3 shootout on November 11 of last year. But Valverde will have to find a way to win without Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Ousmane Dembele, all of whom are out of the match due to injuries, according to Sport.
Messi returned to training from a calf strain during the week, according to The Express, after sitting out the defeat at Bilbao. But while he has earlier been reported fit to take part, late reports indicate that Valverde has elected to keep his five-time Ballon D’or winner on the bench.
Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. Central European Daylight Time on Sunday, August 25, at the iconic 99,000-seat Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
In the United Kingdom, the game starts at 8 p.m. British Summer Time, while in the United States, the live stream gets underway at 3 p.m. EDT, or noon PDT. Fans in China can log in to the livestream at 3 a.m. on Monday morning, August 26, China Standard Time, while in the Republic of Indonesia, the game gets underway at 2 a.m. Western Indonesian Time, 4 a.m. Eastern.
To watch a livestream of the unexpectedly important 2019-2020 La Liga Round 2 FC Barcelona vs. Real Betis match, go to BeIn Sports Connect USA, or download the BeIn Sports app for mobile devices. The BeIn Sports network’s streaming service requires cable or satellite service subscriber credentials, from a carrier that offers BeIn Sports.
For fans without access to BeIn Sports on cable or satellite, there is a way to watch the Catalonia vs. Andalusia confrontation, free of charge. Fans should sign up for a free trial of a streaming TV multi-channel package, such as the Sling TV international sports package, or Fubo TV. Both of those services require credit card information and subscription fees, but each comes with a seven-day trial, allowing fans to watch the Blaugrana vs. Verdiblancos match for free.
Fans can also stream the match via Facebook Live. A free stream will be hosted on the La Liga Facebook page.
In Spain, MoviStar+ will stream the match. In the United Kingdom, the livestream is set to be carried by ITV Hub. In Italy, the La Liga contest will be streamed by DAZN Italia. In Canada, every 2019-2020 La Liga match will be broadcast on the DAZN sports platform. In China, PPTV Sport will carry the livestream of the showdown, while in Indonesia, BeIn Sports Connect Indonesia will broadcast the clash.
For a comprehensive list of outlets around the globe set to offer a live online stream of FC Barcelona vs. Real Betis, be sure to check out Live Soccer TV.