The revamped Supercopa is a four-team mini tournament that pits the top two finishers from last year’s La Liga table against the finalists of the Copa del Rey.
While Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski is suspended in league play, he will be available for his club in this competition. It will be a needed boost for Barcelona who struggled to attack for sustained stretches of their last league game against Atletico Madrid despite holding comfortable spells of possession.It’s a tough test for the Blaugrana as they meet a Real Betis side in good form, sitting fourth in the league table. While their exceptional start to the campaign has cooled slightly, Betis are still a tough out, unbeaten in Europa League play with just one defeat in their last five league matches.
Real Betis vs Barcelona live stream, TV channelSelect broadcasters in countries around the world will carry the matches from the Spanish Supercopa, including in the UK and USA.
|UK||BT Sport 1||BT Sport site/app|
|USA||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes||fuboTV, ESPN+|
UK: The Supercopa will be carried in the UK on BT Sport’s TV and streaming platforms.
USA: The match will be televised on ESPN2 (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) with both those televised matches streaming on fuboTV. ESPN’s streaming service ESPN+ will also carry streams in English and Spanish for subscribers.
Real Betis vs Barcelona lineups, team news
Betis right-back Youssouf Sabaly is sidelined with an ankle issue that will keep him out at least through the end of January, meaning that Aitor Ruibal will continue to deputise.
The biggest decision for boss Manuel Pellegrini will be in midfield, where he’ll have to choose two of William Carvalho, Andres Guardado and Guido Rodriguez to play behind playmaker Nabil Fekir.
There’s also a decision to be made wide left, with Sergio Canales, Juanmi, and Rodri Sanchez all in contention. Canales has been the most consistent presence in the lineup, but Pellegrini could opt to give Rodri a chance, as he has been mostly an option off the bench this season.
Real Betis projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Silva (GK) — Ruibal, Ruiz, Gonzalez, Miranda — G. Rodriguez, Carvalho — Henrique, Fekir, Canales — Iglesias.
Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski is serving a three-match suspension, but that only applies to league play, so he is eligible to play in this match and will surely do so to keep himself match fit throughout his La Liga time off. The same goes for Ferran Torres who was sent off against Atletico Madrid after wrestling with Stefan Savic.
It is possible that Xavi decides to rest one or or more of his regular midfield trio, given the fixture congestion through the latter half of this season, meaning youngsters Gavi or Pedri could see the bench, or aging Sergio Busquets. That would mean a spot for Frenkie de Jong.
Otherwise, Barcelona have a clean bill of health, as Raphinha is likely to return to the starting lineup after Ansu Fati got the nod against Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona projected starting lineup (4-3-3): ter Stegen (GK) — Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Alba — Pedri, Busquets, Gavi — Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele.
Real Betis vs Barcelona odds
The La Liga leaders are understandably favorites in this match, as they have built a three-point lead over Real Madrid in the title chase.
However, Barcelona have been shaky in all competitions outside league play. They were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stage and have been relegated to the Europa League knockouts, while they were pushed to the brink by third-tier Intercity in the Copa del Rey Round of 32 just last week.
Regardless of the result, goals are expected to flow in this match. Both teams are favored to find the back of the net, and the game is easily expected to go over the 2.5 total goal mark.
|Real Betis win||+525||5.62||11/2||6.00|
to score (Y / N)
|-135 / +100||1.70 / 1.91||8/11, 1/1||1.73 / 2.00|
|Over / Under|
2.5 total goals
|-175 / +120||1.60 / 2.19||4/7, 5/4||1.57 / 2.25|
|Real Betis +1.5||-175||1.59||—||—|
|Barcelona to advance||-450||1.23||1/5||1.20|
|Real Betis to advance||+280||3.75||10/3||4.00|