World champions Barcelona will look to crown a five-star 2015 with another La Liga victory on home soil against Real Betis on Wednesday night.
Luis Enrique’s men return to domestic action after being crowned FIFA Club World Cup winners in Japan and the Catalans will present all five trophies they have scooped this calendar year to the fans before kick-off.
Barça may have endured a long, if fruitful, trip to Asia for the competition but they have been able to rest their legs somewhat ahead of a return to domestic action.
Pepe Mel´s men will be out to spoil the Barça party but the hosts should have few problems in seeing off their visitors, as highlighted by odds of 1/20 for a home win.
Slightly longer odds of 2/5 are available for the champions to see off the Andalusians by more than two goals and with the lethal trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar set to lead the line, a large margin of victory looks likely.
Brazilian Neymar has enjoyed an especially good year so far, and as Barça’s top scorer with 14 league goals so far this season, odds of 3/1 for him to open the scoring look tempting.
Betis have far from been pushovers on their return to the top flight but a trip to the Camp Nou looks set to be a step too far.
Madrid look to stay hot on the heels of the league leaders
The second half of 2015 has not been a good one for Real Madrid but Rafa Benítez’s men can finish the year on a high with victory over Real Sociedad on Wednesday afternoon.
Los Blancos trail both Barça and neighbours Atlético Madrid in the standings but a 10-2 thumping of Rayo Vallecano last time out will leave confidence high going into another must-win encounter.
La Real have shown a gradual improvement since David Moyes left the club but have still been hit-and-miss.
With that in mind, and Madrid’s desperate attempt to gain points on the top-two, should ensure a comfortable home win.
Benítez’s men are 3/25 for the three points but, as with Barça, a winning margin of more than two goals looks likely and offers shorter odds of 3/4.
Despite a convincing home win in the offing, Madrid´s defence has been a far cry from the water-tight backline that started the season. For both teams to score you can get odds of 10/11.
Former Tottenham Hotspur man Gareth Bale stole the limelight from Cristiano Ronaldo last time out with four goals in the dismantling of Rayo. For the Welshman to open the scoring at the Bernabéu you can get odds of 4/1.
The rest of La Liga
Atlético Madrid can finish the year joint-top of the table alongside Barcelona if they finish 2015 with victory at near neighbours Rayo Vallecano.
Atleti have taken advantage of Real’s recent slip-ups and Barça’s trip to Japan to move level on points with the Catalans but Diego Simeone’s men did miss out on the chance to move top with a shock defeat at Malaga last time out.
Rayo also suffered an embarrassing 10-2 defeat at Madrid neighbours Real, meaning both teams will be desperate for big improvements at Vallecas on Wednesday afternoon.
Both clubs have suspensions but with three men sitting out and not a whole lot of strength in depth, those bans should hit the hosts the worst.
Atlético are favourites for the win at 4/7 but Simeone’s side rarely win by large margins. A 2-0 away win offers attractive odds of 49/10.
Rock-bottom Levante host a Malaga side that have picked up some form in recent weeks after previously looking doomed to relegation.
The Valencia side remain stuck to the bottom with three defeats in their last four outings while the Costa del Sol club have achieved back-to-back wins and are unbeaten in four.
The visitors look in good shape to edge to another crucial three points with 9/5 available for an away win.
Malaga edged out Atlético 1-0 last time out and victory by the same margin looks a good shout at odds of 11/2.
Sevilla will look to make it seven home wins on the spin on Wednesday when they host Espanyol.
Unai Emery’s men sit eighth in the table but it has been their away form that has caused problems so far this term, with Barcelona and Madrid amongst the casualties in Andalusia.
Odds of 2/5 are on offer for a home win but given Espanyol’s away woes, and the fact Sevilla have scored at least two goals in five of their last six home games, odds of a two-goal winning margin look good at 31/10.
A clean sheet for Sevilla also looks likely and offers odds of 6/5.
Two sides out of form meet in the Basque Country as Eibar host Sporting Gijon.
The hosts, who started the season so well, have failed to win in their last five matches, while Sporting have won just once in their last five.
A point would be good for the visitors and although Eibar will look to regain their winning momentum, a share of the spoils looks the most likely outcome at 12/5.
Goals have also been hard to come by for both in recent weeks, making odds of 25/4 for the draw look even more attractive.
Two sides pushing for Champions League football this season meet at Balaídos on Wednesday as Celta Vigo host Athletic Bilbao.
Vigo, the early league leaders, have regained their form of the start of the season with three wins in their last four matches, with Athletic have failed to show consistency recently.
Ernesto Valverde´s men are still a threat, although Celta’s recent form should see them edge the three points at 6/4.
Nolito has been the player of the season so far for the Vigo club but with the Spanish international sidelined through injury, former Liverpool man Iago Aspas will have to step up.
Aspas has eight league goals to his name this term and is 5/1 to open the scoring.
Deportivo La Coruña are one of the surprise packages of the season so far and go into their match at Getafe on a run of seven matches without defeat and in sixth place in the table.
The Madrid-based hosts are expected to battle against relegation this season, as Depor were, but Fran Escribá’s men have not been pushovers this season, as showcased in their battling 2-2 draw at Valencia last time out.
A draw looks a good bet on this one at 43/20.
Two sides battling the drop will look to end the year with a big three points when Las Palmas host Granada on Wednesday night.
Granada have lost just one of their last three, showing an improvement in form, but Las Palmas have been strong on home soil recently, winning their last two matches in Gran Canaria.
The hosts are 11/10 to make it three home wins in a spin to boost their survival hopes.
Goals have been hard to come by for both clubs this season but Jonathan Viera leads the way for Las Palmas with three goals in the league and looks a good bet to score against the Andalusians at 11/2.
Gary Neville will look to bag his first La Liga victory with Valencia on Thursday when his side make the short trip to neighbours Villarreal.
Neville’s first league match ended with a disappointing 2-2 home draw against struggling Getafe and things will get no easier against a Villarreal side strong on home soil.
The Yellow Submarines are 5/6 for the home win and look a good bet to pile more woe on the former Manchester United man.
The derby match is expected to be a thriller, making odds of 10/11 for both teams to score look attractive.