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Primera División

  • February 10, 2013
  • • 11:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
  • • Attendance: 85610

Barcelona-Getafe Preview: Blaugrana seek return to winning ways

Barcelona-Getafe Preview: Blaugrana seek return to winning ways

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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).

Players to watch

Thiago Alcântara

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

Pedro León

Position: Midfielder

Games: 7

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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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