Barcelona vs Real Betis LIVE: Stream, TV channel and team news as Lionel Messi looks to turn season around

BARCELONA take on Real Betis as they look to improve on their rotten start to LaLiga.

The Blaugrana are currently 13th in the Spanish top flight and need three points at home.

You can watch the game on Premier Sports on your TV and stream it via Premier Player.

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    Barcelona players have arrived at the Nou Camp for their important La Liga clash with Real Betis today.

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    Who knows what Koeman might be thinking. But Messi starts on the bench for Barcelona today.

    The Argentine may have picked up a knock in training, or Koeman could be looking after his minutes.

    Dare I say Koeman just doesn't think he deserves to start?

    Either way, it's a big statement.

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    Dest, Alena, Panic, Braithwaite, Messi, Puig, Trincao, Firpo, Urena, Garcia, Neto, Fuente

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    Robles, Marin, Montoya, Ruiz, Miranda, Paul, Rodri, Ruibal, Lainez, Iglesias, Loren

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    This is how the visitors line up against Barcelona today.

    25 Bravo, 22 Emerson, 23 Mandi, 5 Bartra, 16 Alex Moreno, 14 William, 21 Guido, 17 Joaquin, 10 Canales, 11 Tello, 19 Sanabria

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    Messi FAILS to make the starting XI. It's unclear why, as of yet.

    1 Ter Stegen, 3 Pique, 15 Lenglet, 18 Alba, 20, Roberto, 16 Pedri, 21 De Jong, 22, Fati, 11 Dembele, 7 Griezmann

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    This may be the first time I've ever felt old looking back at old football footage. That game was from 2006, despite the fact it looks like it's been filmed on a potato.

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    The former Manchester City and West Ham manager, now not doing too badly with Real Betis, wants his side to play with confidence against Barca today.

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    Spain boss Luis Enrique was full of praise for Barca sensation Ansu Fati on Friday.

    “His maturity never ceases to amaze me – no one would think that he is just 18 years old,” he said.

    “He interprets the game very well in all its aspects.

    “We must take care that he continues calmly and develops his skills as both a person and a player.”

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    Now… who remembers this piece of art from Lionel Messi a couple of years ago? Genius.

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    Koeman earlier this week defended Messi after a clip of him walking nonchalantly during Barca' Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev, went viral.

    “I see [Messi] well, strong. And he always enjoys this sport. He is a winner, and he shows it,” he said.

    “Like anyone else, he has more complicated moments and the ball won't go in. It seems that, to this day, he is a very involved player.

    “You can get an image of a player when he walks. I haven't seen it and I'm not interested.

    “My thoughts on his attitude are very good. I don't agree with the idea of creating controversy.

    “If with a 2-1 lead and in the 93rd minute you get an image of him walking – you cannot be more attentive to the images than to the work.

    “I don't agree with doing harm.”

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    Barca will have to cope without a couple of important players today as Philippe Coutinho and Ronald Araujo are out injuries.

    It's expected that Koeman will make changes to the side that beat Kiev in midweek.

    Miralem Pjanic and news signing Segino Dest could keep their places – but they're more likely to drop out than the likes of Ansu Fati, Lionel Messi and Antoine Greizemann.

    Messi, however, has only notched once this term in the league, and will want to push on and rack a decent goal tally up.

    Victor Camarsa and Dani Martin are injured for Betis, as is Juanmi.

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    With or without fans, that Camp Nou sight never gets old. An absolutely glorious piece of work!

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    Hello and welcome, everybody, to SunSport's live coverage of Barcelona vs Real Betis in La Liga.

    Barca are today's hosts, as they look to get a run of consistent wins under their very loose-fitting belts, having not picked up a victory in three games.

    Under manager Ronald Koeman, things were supposed to change and Lionel Messi's happiness was meant to be paramount.

    None of those Barca board wishes are coming true right now.

    Betis are even above Barcelona in the league table, as they sit pretty in seventh place, while their opponents flounder in 13th.

    Messi and co. will want to send an emphatic statement to the rest of the league today, however… one that reads: We're Not Going Anywhere.

    Real Madrid, who handily beat Barca a couple of weeks ago, may want to take note.

    So today should be filled with one of two things: Catalan meltdown, with Koeman's furious face watching on.

    Or Messi magic.

    Either way, I'm sure it'll entertain the masses.

    So sit back and relax, we've got you covered with all of the action from today's clash.

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