Venue: Nou Camp, Barcelona
Kick-off: 7:30 PM GMT / 02:15 PM EST
Television coverage: Sky Sports 2/HD (UK); beIN Sports en Español, beIN Sports (USA)
Barcelona capped off the year with a stunning five trophies after claiming a comfortable victory in the FIFA Club World Championships and the Catalan giants will now be focusing their attention back to matters domestically.
The likes of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have closed the gap on Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table and now the Catalan giants will be hopeful of reestablishing a healthier lead by claiming a victory on Wednesday night when they square off against Real Betis at Nou Camp.
Injury Doubts: Sergio Busquets, Rafinha, Pereira Dos Santos Douglas
Barcelona Probable Lineup: Bravo; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta; Neymar, Suarez, Messi
Real Betis News
Real Betis have done very well following their promotion back into the top flight and Pep Mel’s men are currently occupying a healthy 10th place in the La Liga table.
That said, Betis have been struggling in recent times after failing to claim a victory in their last four matches and while Mel will be desperate for his side to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, it will be anything but easy in midweek as they prepare for a daunting away clash against champions Barcelona.
Injury Doubts: Javier Matilla, Vincenzo Rennella, Amro Tarek Abdel-Aziz, Foued Kadir, Cristiano Piccini
Real Betis Probable Lineup: Adan; Westermann, Molinero, Bruno Gonzalez, Vargas; N’Diaye, Petros, Cejudo, Dani Ceballos, Joaquin; Ruben Castro
Barcelona have claimed four consecutive victories over Real Betis and they most certainly head into the clash on Wednesday as favourites.
Betis have proven themselves to be a difficult side to play against but Barcelona are simply too strong and will in all probability claim the three points on the night with consummate ease.
Barcelona 3 – 0 Real Betis