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
By Karthick Arvinth
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.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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).
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Barcelona 4-0 Getafe
- 15.93 %
FC Barcelona 5-0 Getafe
- 10.92 %
FC Barcelona 4-1 Getafe
- 10.65 %
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Jan 16, 2014||Getafe 0 - FC Barcelona 2|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Jan 8, 2014||FC Barcelona 4 - Getafe 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Dec 22, 2013||Getafe 2 - FC Barcelona 5|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Feb 10, 2013||FC Barcelona 6 - Getafe 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Sep 15, 2012||Getafe 1 - FC Barcelona 4|
|Mar 8, 2014||Valladolid 1 - FC Barcelona 0||LIGA|
|Mar 2, 2014||FC Barcelona 4 - Almeria 1||LIGA|
|Feb 22, 2014||Real Sociedad 3 - FC Barcelona 1||LIGA|
|Feb 18, 2014||Manchester City FC 0 - FC Barcelona 2||UCL|
|Feb 15, 2014||FC Barcelona 6 - Rayo Vallecano 0||LIGA|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|10||Jaime Gavilán Martínez||Midfielder|
The young playmaker is likely to get a rare chance to shine in the Barcelona midfield thanks to Xavi's absence through injury. Thiago has all the necessary attributes to succeed at Camp Nou, and he will look to further his growing reputation against Getafe.
The on-loan Real Madrid winger is likely to be named in the Getafe line-up after spending nearly two months on the sidelines with a knee injury. Leon's return is a timely boost for the injury-hit capital club as they prepare to mount a charge towards European qualification.
Facing Barcelona at Camp Nou is hard enough, but having to do so without several key players further complicates Getafe's plans. The hosts have an opportunity to further extend their lead at the top of the table and they almost certainly will.
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