Barça’s opponents on Sunday, Real Betis, are one of the most historic clubs in Spain and although they only got back into the top flight this season, they won the 4th ever Spanish League in 1935 and in more recent times the Spanish Cup in 1977 and 2005.
Betis spent two seasons in the second division before winning the league title and promotion
in 2011 and in their last league game at the Camp Nou in 2009, they lost 3-2, with Eto’o (2) and Gudjohnson getting the Barça goals, whilst the 1-1 draw they managed in Barcelona in 2007 – with a last gasp equaliser from Sobis - handed Real Madrid a league lead they never gave up. Last season Betis lost 5-0 to Barça in the Spanish Cup in Barcelona, though they inflicted a rare defeat on Guardiola’s team in the return leg.
Betis made a great start to the season and won their first three games to go top of the table
before reality set in and they went on a disastrous run of ten games in which they managed
just one draw and nine defeats and dropped into the relegation fight. They seemed to have
turned around that horrible run and despite getting knocked out of the Cup by second division teamCordoba, they have won their last three league games against Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Sporting to move into a comfortable 10th place on 22 points.