Second hosts third in La Liga as Quique Setien’s side look to build on an enthralling victory over Real Betis last time out.
Barcelona v Getafe – La Liga
Venue: Nou Camp
Kick Off: 15:00
TV Channel: La Liga TV
La Liga’s surprise package Getafe head to the Nou Camp full of confidence they can shock Setien’s Barcelona, and continue their march towards on of the Champions League spots.
Getafe are currently sat in third, three points clear of fifth place Sevilla, and after last weekend’s resounding 3-0 win over Valencia, they will be full of confidence they can build on this success and close the seven point gap to Barcelona in second.
Barcelona suffered a scare away at Real Betis before coming away with a 3-2 victory over Setien’s former side, however they will have to make do without Clement Llenglet who has shown a red card towards the end of the match as both sides finished with ten men. Gerard Pique returns from his own suspension in time to provide reinforacements to the backline, and there were worrying signs for Barcelona once again at the back.
The open, attacking brand of football employed by Setien means they are left open at the back, and whilst the committing of men forward makes for exciting attacking play, it leaves them extremely vulnerable to the counter attack, and will be something they will need to be wary of against Getafe.
Getafe pose a completely different threat to Betis, who took on Barcelona with their own pressing, attacking brand of football, and Getafe’s success this season has come from building from the back, as well as utitilsing direct football to get results. With the lowest pass accuracy in La Liga, they look to move the ball from back to front as quickly as possible, whilst sitting deep against sides, making the most of whatever chances they can create through these means.
With only 20 goals conceded and an xGa of 23.67, Barcelona will have to work hard to break down this tight, defensive unit, and with Suarez and Dembele both still out injured, the usual reliance on Lionel Messi will be needed once again. Midfielders from deep, such as Frenkie De Jong, have been stepping up, but French striker Antoine Griezmann is still adapting to Setien’s methods, and the lack of attacking chances created that have plagued them against defensive sides, such as Valencia and Bilbao, could come back to bite Setien’s side once again.
A tight game is expected, and a point wouldn’t necessarily be a bad result for Setien’s side, but keen not to lose any more ground in the title race to Real Madrid, three points would be welcomed, especially with the Champions League on the horizon.
Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez are injured for Barcelona, whilst Clement Lenglet is suspended.
Getafe are without the suspended Damian Suarez, whilst Vitorino Antunes is doubtful.
Head to Head:
Barcelona Wins: 23
Getafe Wins: 3
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 14 home La Liga clashes with Getafe
Barcelona have won 21 of their last 23 La Liga home games
Getafe have won their last four La Liga games, keeping a clean sheet on every occasion.
Barcelona: D W L W W
Getafe: L W W W W
Getafe’s strong run of form means that Barcelona’s price is too short to support at 4/9, and looking elsewhere for the value in this clash is recommended.
Particularly appealing, given how strong Getafe have been defensively, is Under 2.5 goals which is available at 23/20. With Barcelona particularly struggling to break teams down at times, coupled with Getafe’s imperious defensive record, it could be another long afternoon for Setien’s side, where patience is required, as well as being aware of the counter attacking threat that Getafe pose, meaning a cautious approach is required.
Moving along the same lines, both teams not to score is equally as appealing at 20/21, as if Barcelona do score, they will relish the opportunity of sitting in against a side that is relatively one dimensional in attack, and in Pique and Samuel Umtiti, they are well guarded to defend against this threat.
A tight, tactical battle is expected, as per a lot of La Liga games this season, and as a result I would recommend opposing goals in this clash.