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Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Getafe

16:00 BST 14/09/2017
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Catalans' clash against the Madrid side in La Liga on Saturday

Barcelona will look to extend their 100 per cent record in the Primera Division this weekend as they travel to Getafe in the fourth round of matches.

They have beaten Betis, Alaves and Espanyol so far in La Liga, topping the table with a maximum nine points from their three games.

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The last of those wins was a 5-0 success in the Catalan derby, meaning Barca have scored nine goals in the Primera Division so far, with none conceded for Ernesto Valverde's side in the league up until now.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of their trip to Getafe on Saturday...


Rafinha is still sidelined and will play no part in the game against Getafe. Arda Turan and Paco Alcacer are also out, but both have an outside chance of shaking off their injuries in time for the trip to Madrid.


Only four Barcelona players, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets, have been booked this season in La Liga.

As a result, coach Ernesto Valverde has no suspended stars for the game against Getafe this weekend.


Ernesto Valverde is set to rotate his pack after the 3-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League and with another league game ahead against Eibar on Tuesday.

Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique could both be rested, with Lucas Digne and Javier Mascherano set to feature in defence, while Paulinho looks likely to come in for his full debut in midfield to give some time off to Andres Iniesta, who has started five matches in a row for Barcelona and Spain over the last couple of weeks.

Ahead of them, summer signing Ousmane Demebele should make his first start in La Liga after he featured from the outset against Juventus, while Lionel Messi is expected to operate in a central role as he, Luis Suarez and the France forward all interchange positions in attack.


Getafe returned to La Liga in the summer following a sole season in Segunda and the Madrid-based side have made a decent start to life back in Spain's top tier.

Jose Bordalas' men have picked up four points from their three games so far, thanks to a draw at Athletic in the opening round of matches and a win away to Leganes last weeked. However, they did lose their only home game, a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla.

Dani Pacheco and Nico Gorosito are set to miss out through injury.


  • Getafe have gone nine La Liga games at home without a win (drawn four, lost five). They have never been winless 10 times in a row in the competition.

  • Barcelona were the first side to score five goals against Getafe in La Liga at the Coliseum (2-5 in December 2013).

  • Barca are the team with the best passing accuracy in La Liga this season (89.42%), while Getafe have the worst (62.39%).

  • Lionel Messi has scored in 10 of his last 13 La Liga games against Getafe (12 goals).

  • Faycal Fajr has attempted more crosses (31) than any other player in the Primera Division this season.


Due to broadcasting laws in the UK, this match (which kicks off at 16:15 in Spain) cannot be shown live, but highlights can be seen on Sky Sports from 22:15.