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  • March 19, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 81913
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Getafe

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Getafe


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Barcelona: Valdes; Adriano, Pique, Fontas, Alves; Iniesta, Busquets, Xavi; Villa, Messi, Bojan

Barcelona


Getafe: Codina; Sanchez, Marcano, Diaz, Torres; Boateng, Casquero; Manu, Albin, Sardinero; Arizmendi

Getafe



DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Barcelona lead La Liga, with five points separating them from second placed Real Madrid, meaning that they will remain at the top of the table regardless of the result of this match.
  • Los Cules have won all but one of their last five games, an away meeting with Sevilla last weekend, which finished 1-1.
  • Barcelona have not gone without a win in two consecutive matches since May 2009.
  • The Blaugrana have lost just one league game this season, a shock 2-0 home defeat to Hercules back in September 2010, their second game of the season.
  • Interestingly, the only time Getafe have beaten Barcelona in the league in 13 meetings came under similar circumstances, by a 2-0 scoreline at the Camp Nou.
  • If Barcelona fail to hit the back of the net, it will be the first time in 27 games.
  • Lionel Messi has not scored in either of Barcelona's last two league games, but has scored in every one of his last four meetings with Getafe.
  • Getafe sit in 11th place, with eight points in either direction seperating them from either relegation or Europa League qualification. Depending on the result of this match and others this weekend, Getafe could find themselves anywhere between ninth place and 14th.
  • If the Azulones are able to pick up a win at the Camp Nou, it will be only their second victory in 2011 and their first away victory of the year.
  • So far this season, Getafe have been dangerous from the most unlikely of set-pieces, scoring five goals from throw-ins, two more than any other side in La Liga.

LAST MEETING



November 7, 2010: Getafe 1-3 Barcelona


Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro put Barcelona 3-0 up, before Gerard Pique received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, a handball inside the box. Manu netted the resulting penalty to grant his side just a glimmer of hope, before Derek Boateng earned himself an early bath for his second yellow card, reducing both sides to just 10 players.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
21AdrianoDefender
3PiquéDefender
15Gabriel MilitoDefender
22Daniel AlvesDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
10MessiStriker
7David VillaStriker
5BusquetsMidfielder
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
2MontoyaDefender
20Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
13CodinaGoalkeeper
-Miguel TorresDefender
-MarcanoDefender
6Cata DíazDefender
4Víctor Sánchez MataMidfielder
-J. AlbínMidfielder
22Francisco CasqueroMidfielder
10ParejoMidfielder
-BorjaMidfielder
14Manu Del MoralStriker
10ArizmendiStriker
7MikuStriker
29Álex PérezDefender
23GonzaloGoalkeeper
21Pedro MosqueraMidfielder
27Adrián SardineroStriker
14Pedro RíosStriker
-Pablo PintosDefender
Players to Watch
Bojan Krkic
Bojan Krkic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young striker has come into heavy criticism this term, as he has at times appeared more than a little goal-shy. He was able to net the Blaugrana's goal last weekend against Sevilla, and that goal should provide him with some vital confidence as he appears likely to step into the shoes of Pedro, who is a major doubt for the clash.
Manu Del Moral
Manu Del Moral
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Getafe have only scored three goals in their last five matches, and every one of them has come through the former Atletico Madrid man. If Getafe are to threaten Barcelona's make-shift defence, they are likely to rely heavily on Manu.
Prediction
Barcelona have looked surprisingly vulnerable of late with the absence of influential captain Carles Puyol, and with the injuries beginning to pile up, it would be brave to predict a huge win for them. Getafe have been in poor form since the turn of the year however, which should be enough to see the Blaugrana pick up all three points.

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Editor's Prediction
Getafe 1

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