La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Getafe

Barcelona can keep the heat on La Liga title rivals Atletico and Real Madrid when it hosts struggling Getafe in Saturday's early kick-off.

Barcelona showed it still means business in the title race last week when it came from two goals down to edge Villarreal 3-2 in dramatic fashion. 

If Barca can make it three league wins in a row at the Camp Nou this on Saturday, it can transfer some of the pressure onto leader Atletico and Real, who take on Levante and Valencia respectively on Sunday. 

Diego Simeone's men, fresh from securing a UEFA Champions League final meeting with Real in midweek, could win the title on Sunday if results go their way. 

A victory for Atletico and defeats for the two sides beneath them would hand them their first league title since 1996.

In all likelihood, Atletico will be made to wait, but for Barca the equation is simple - keep winning and hope for slip-ups elsewhere. 

Midfielder Sergio Busquets does not feel Barca's title rivals will be affected by their European exertions in mid-week, but has stressed the importance for a strong end to the season.

"I think they'll be just the same. I don't think it will affect them much in the league," Busquets said.

"In terms of winning silverware, it hasn't been a great season - we've lost two already and the league looks difficult too.

"In the end it comes down to that and not the good runs we had nor the fact that we were leaders at the start of the season."

While Barca is focused on the slim chances of retaining its Spanish title, 17th-placed Getafe has concerns at the other end of the table and could drop into the bottom three if it fails to arrest a six-game losing streak against Barcelona in all competitions.

In that run, Getafe has conceded 25 goals and scored just four, but it has picked up seven points from its last five La Liga matches to provide hope of avoiding the drop.

However, with 18th-placed Almeria more than capable of picking up maximum points against already-relegated Real Betis, Getafe coach Cosmin Contra will be all too aware of the need for his team to pick up the points that could prove crucial come the end of the campaign. 

Reserves Isaac Cuenca and Sergi Gomez were involved in first-team training this week and could give extra options to Martino, whose injury list currently includes the likes of Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Jordi Alba and Neymar.