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  • 15 September 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe (Madrid)
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 13000
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Getafe - Barcelona Preview: Catalan giants out to maintain perfect Liga record

Getafe - Barcelona Preview: Catalan giants out to maintain perfect Liga record

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The Blaugrana will look to continue their strong start to the season when they travel to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez for Saturday's clash with Luis Garcia's side

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

GETAFE

Moya
Valera, Abraham, Ruano, M Torres
Michel, X Torres
Leon, Barrada, Castro
Alvaro
BARCELONA

Valdes
Montoya, Pique, Puyol, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Tello


Getafe have no fresh injury concerns for the Primera Division encounter against Barcelona.

Defender David Abraham has shaken off a leg injury, while summer signing Alvaro Vazquez may be handed his debut in attack.

Barcelona are likely to make changes as they attempt to keep key men fresh following a taxing international break.

Martin Montoya and Cristian Tello will be amongst those hoping for a start, along with captain Carles Puyol (cheekbone) and midfielder Thiago Alcantara (tibia), who have returned from injuries.

Andres Iniesta (hamstring) and Alexis Sanchez (groin) miss out, however, while coach Tito Vilanova serves the second suspension of his two-game touchline ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Getafe's 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in August ended a three-match winless run at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
  • A solitary goal from Juan Valera was enough to seal all three points for Los Azulones in this corresponding fixture last season.
  • That victory was Getafe's first over Barcelona since a 2-0 home win in November 2007.
  • Barcelona have faced Getafe on three occasions after international breaks, with a record of one win and two draws.
  • With three wins out of three, the Catalan side are the only side to boast a 100 per cent record in La Liga this season.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured right) is Barcelona's top scorer this season with six goals in all competitions.

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Available Squads
25Miguel MoyàGoalkeeper
5AlexisDefender
-Miguel TorresDefender
7Alberto LopoDefender
20Juan ValeraDefender
12Pedro LeónMidfielder
17Diego CastroMidfielder
28AbdelMidfielder
21MíchelMidfielder
-Xavi TorresMidfielder
9Adrián ColungaStriker
13CodinaGoalkeeper
22ManéDefender
19David AbrahamDefender
6LacenMidfielder
8Pablo SarabiaMidfielder
16Paco AlcácerStriker
20ÁlvaroStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
2MontoyaDefender
21AdrianoDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
7PedroStriker
20TelloStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
10Lionel MessiStriker
27Gerard DeulofeuStriker
Players to Watch
Álvaro
Álvaro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The former Spain U21 international is an explosive, pacy young striker who could help propel Getafe to a Europa League spot. Vasquez will look to repeat the heroics of last January, when he netted a dramatic late equaliser against Barcelona for former club Espanyol.
Cesc Fàbregas
Cesc Fàbregas
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
In the spotlight of the Spanish press after a disappointing start to the season, the former Arsenal skipper made the headlines for the right reasons again after coming off the bench to set up Spain's winner in their World Cup qualifier against Georgia. Fabregas will hope to kick on and find some form to help cement a regular place in Barcelona's midfield.
Prediction
Barcelona will be wary after stumbling to defeat in this fixture last season, but they have an abundance of quality in their ranks. With pretty much the entire Blaugrana squad having been away on international duty, it just might be the best time to play them, but Getafe will need a top performance - and luck to boot - to pull off another upset over the Catalans.
Editor's Prediction
Getafe 1

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