Barcelona - Getafe Preview: Pep Guardiola's side look to stretch Liga winning streak to 10 matches
It is yet another must-win game for the Blaugrana, who cannot afford to drop any more points if they wish to retain hope of lifting a fourth straight La Liga title
By Karthick Arvinth
Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Cuenca
Valera, Diaz, Alexis, Torres
Rios, Barrada, Gavilan
Pep Guardiola is set to make changes as Barcelona prepare for their second game in the space of three days by taking on Getafe at Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets could all return to the starting XI after the trio were rested on the bench for Saturday's win at Zaragoza, while Gerard Pique, who missed the trip to Aragon with a thigh strain, remains a doubt.
Winger Ibrahim Afellay is nearing full fitness, but is not expected to be involved in the clash.
Getafe defender Mane is unavailable after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in the weekend victory over Sporting Gijon.
Abdelaziz Barrada may return to the starting line-up after overcoming a muscular problem, while Pedro Leon (knee) could also feature.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Barcelona are on a nine-game winning run in La Liga, outscoring their opponents 27-7 in those matches.
- The Catalans are unbeaten in their last 33 home matches in La Liga (W30, D3) and in their last 53 at Camp Nou in all competitions.
- Barca have struck 161 goals in all competitions this season, beating the club record for most goals scored in a single campaign (158 in 2008-09).
- Getafe have won four of their last six matches in La Liga.
- Los Azulones are one of only two Primera Division sides to beat Barca this season - the other being Osasuna. Getafe are 50/1 to beat Barcelona 1-0 with bet365.
- Getafe have scored 33 goals so far in La Liga this season; Lionel Messi (pictured right) has netted 38.
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Top 3 Predictions
Barcelona 5-0 Getafe
- 20.14 %
Barcelona 4-0 Getafe
- 12.95 %
Barcelona 3-0 Getafe
- 12.03 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||10 Feb 2013||Barcelona 6 - Getafe 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||15 Sep 2012||Getafe 1 - Barcelona 4|
|La Liga (LIGA)||10 Apr 2012||Barcelona 4 - Getafe 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||26 Nov 2011||Getafe 1 - Barcelona 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||19 Mar 2011||Barcelona 2 - Getafe 1|
|19 May 2013||Barcelona 2 - Valladolid 1||LIGA|
|12 May 2013||Atlético de Madrid 1 - Barcelona 2||LIGA|
|5 May 2013||Barcelona 4 - Betis 2||LIGA|
|1 May 2013||Barcelona 0 - FC Bayern München 3||UCL|
|27 Apr 2013||Athletic de Bilbao 2 - Barcelona 2||LIGA|
|Returns:||Barcelona £10.71||Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|Returns:||Draw £190.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Getafe £560.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|18||Peter Tsepo Masilela||Defender|
|10||Jaime Gavilán Martínez||Midfielder|
The diminutive Argentine became the first player since Gerd Muller to score 60 goals in a single European top-flight season with his double against Zaragoza at the weekend. With Barca having a minimum of 10 games left to play in the campaign, the 24-year-old, who has found the back of the net an astonishing 23 times in his last 12 games, looks a sure bet to surpass the German's record of 67 goals set in 1972-73.
A huge responsibility falls on the shoulders of the Venezuelan, who will play the lone striker role against the massed ranks of the Blaugrana defence. Indeed, the away side's chances of completing an unlikely double over the Catalans are likely to hinge on the former Valencia man's ability to hold the ball up and bring his team-mates in to play in the attacking third of the field.
Getafe enjoyed an excellent win against Sporting Gijon at the weekend but they are unlikely to see enough of the ball at Camp Nou to hurt the Catalans, who continue steamrolling everyone who dares to stand in their way.
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