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Real Betis Sevilla v Leganes - La Liga Santander Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images

Barcelona head to Real Betis on Sunday and we could be in for a real treat as Ernesto Valverde’s league leaders go up against Quique Setien’s entertainers.

The visitors will be hoping to bounce back from that defeat to Espanyol and preserve their unbeaten record in La Liga. However, Betis are seventh and have been one of Europe’s most watchable sides this season.

Only Barcelona and Valencia have scored more Liga goals than Betis this season and, quite remarkably, only struggling Deportivo La Coruna and bottom side Las Palmas have conceded more.

Real Betis Sevilla v Leganes - La Liga Santander Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images

For while Betis have scored a prettty impressive 33 goals in 19 games, they’ve conceded 36, which is one of the main reasons why they’ve already suffered eight league defeats.

But watching Betis is a lot of fun, an awful lot of fun. In fact when it comes to their best match of the season, the list is getting pretty long, and we’re only halfway through.

Of course the 5-3 win in Sevilla will take some beating, but special mention must also go to the 4-4 draw with Real Sociedad, the 6-3 defeat by Valencia and last weekend’s 3-2 win over Leganes wasn’t too bad either.

Betis have also suffered some horrible defeats, they were beaten 5-3 by Cadiz in the Copa del Rey and hammered 5-0 at Eibar. Yet they have also tasted victory at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, taking home all three points in a 1-0 win.

Real Madrid v Betis - La Liga Photo by Patricio Realpe/Getty Images

There’s a fair bit of Barca influence in the Betis team too with Cristian Tello and Antonio Sanabria in the ranks while the Blaugrana have been linked with a move for young midfielder Fabian.

The two teams met on the opening day back in August with Barcelona scoring two goals in three minutes to secure a 2-0 win.

Plenty has changed since then, for both sides, but Sunday’s game promises to be a real treat - let’s hope it lives up to expectations.