Barcelona-Getafe Preview: Blaugrana seek return to winning ways

Victory for the Catalan giants will see them halt a two-match winless run and stretch their lead over Atletico Madrid to 12 points, if only for a few hours, at the top of the table


Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Thiago, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta


M Torres, Lopo, Alexis, Escudero
Borja, X Torres
Leon, Barrada, Gavilan

Barcelona midfielder Xavi will miss Sunday's Primera Division clash against Getafe with a hamstring injury.

Reserve goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto (stomach bug) is a minor doubt, but assistant coach Jordi Roura has a clean bill of health otherwise.

Angel Lafita, Mane, Juan Valera and Juan Rodriguez are all out injured for Getafe, while Miguel Angel Moya and Rafa are suspended.

However, defenders Miguel Torres and Alberto Lopo are available after serving bans, and winger Pedro Leon returns from a knee injury.

  • Barcelona have won just two of their last six matches in all competitions (W2, D3, L1).
  • The Catalans have won 11 of their last 12 Liga matches at Camp Nou.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored in a record 12 consecutive Liga matches.
  • Getafe have won just one of their last 10 matches across all competitions (W1, D5, L4).
  • Los Azulones have lost seven of their last eight meetings with Barcelona.
  • Getafe have never recorded a Liga win over Barca at Camp Nou (D2, L6).