El Salvador and Barbados meet in Americas Zone Group II first round action with the hosts holding a 3-1 advantage in the head-to-head. The most recent meeting came at the round-robin stage of a Group III battle in which El Salvador came behind to record a 2-1 win thanks to a doubles performance from Rafael and Marcelo Arevalo.
The Arevalo brothers played in all the live rubbers for El Salvador in 2012 including a 5-0 whitewash against Mexico and a victory in the subsequent relegation play-off tie against Paraguay. It was the third straight year that El Salvador won in the Americas Zone Group II relegation play-off.
Having won promotion to Group II for 2012 Barbados saw off Paraguay in the first round to record their first win at this level since 1991 before losing against Mexico in the semifinal without managing to win a single set.