Barcelona take on Getafe in an away game at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez this weekend. Barcelona sit second in the league table and it is a must win game for Barcelona if they want to keep themselves shoulder-to-shoulder with the Galacticos who will have faced Almeria a day before. The Blaugranes currently stand two points behind Real Madrid and as it is often considered a philosophy among the top sides in Spain “a match drawn is a match lost” the pressure will be on the visitors if Real Madrid snatch full three points in their game.
Getafe, on the other hand, sit at the 12th position in the league with 15 points. A win against Barcelona would be a remarkable feat for a mediocre Spanish side and will also help them leap-frog to the upper half of the table having played one game more than Rayo Vallecano and Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona approach this game on the backing of a stunning performance in the Catalan derby. Lionel Messi’s magical hat-trick inspired the Catalans to a memorable comeback in their game against Espanyol last weekend. Luis Suarez is in search of his first league goal for Barcelona and would be all set to bag it against a struggling Getafe side. One of Pedro’s last two Liga hat-tricks has come against Getafe in 2013 but that doesn’t seem a strong factor to field him in the first team.
Luis Enrique will look to go for the traditional 4-3-3 with Busquets playing the usual deep midfield role. Iniesta and Rakitic could be key to connecting passes to the final third. Enrique also has the smart option of Xavi who effectively played the role of an advanced playmaker in the game against Espanyol by constantly laying off balls from within the Penalty area to the Barca front men who waited outside the penalty area to capitalize on layoffs and loose second balls.
At defense Mascherano will be key and Pique though disappointing at closing down opponents in the final third, will be given a first team place due to lack of replacements. Jordi Alba played a scintillating all-round game of football attacking, assisting, shooting and defending against Espanyol and will definitely be the first choice left back for Barca considering the fact he received rest against PSG. At right back, Dani Alves will be key with his attacking prowess and tendency to overlap.
At goal it will be Claudio Bravo. The 31-year-old Chilean is in decent form having conceded just 4 away goals in 10 league games out of which three were against a rampant Madrid in the Clasico. There is no doubt about his selection and expectations from him will be nothing less than keeping a clean sheet. Getafe are a side that are prone to score early goals and successfully defend one goal leads till the end and this threat renders an added responsibility on the shoulders of the Barcelona keeper.
Press Conference Before Getafe vs. Barcelona Match Tonight
Getafe would probably have Guaita at goal. The defense will probably consist of Velazquez, Naldo and Escudero. Getafe Manager Contra had preferred the 29 year old Juan Valera over Arroyo in their away game against Levante but against a tough opposition Arroyo will be the first choice.
In Midfield, Abdul Karim Yoda will be essential as he is the clubs top scorer this season with 4.
The front line would most likely consist of either Babacar Diawara or Alvaro Vasquez.
Getafe lost their last home game 1-2 to Athletic Bilbao despite of having more shots on target than Bilbao. As against every big team this team will look to surrender possession and try to get goals on the counter-attack against a highly superior opposition like Barcelona.
Playing at home, Getafe don’t receive a boastful fan attendance owing to their form as their game against Athletic Bilbao saw them attract only around 8000 fans. Home support might raise for the big game against Barcelona this weekend but Barca have the composure and experience well enough to make sure that the pressure doesn’t sink into their legs.
Against Bilbao, Getafe managed to pull 7 shots on target as compared to just 3 of Bilbao. Getafe trailed throughout the game and managed to snatch a consolation goal in the 92 minute. The game also witnessed a scrupulous number of bookings with 7 Getafe players booked. This indicates that Getafe can play highly offensive and physical at home when trailing.
A win for Getafe will give them the much needed moral boost to push hard in the league and to make it into the upper half of the table with Christmas approaching. A defeat would mean that Real Sociedad can overtake them in case they win their game against Athletic Club Bilbao. Levante similarly can go ahead them if they win their seemingly easy fixture against relegation-threatened Cordoba. Espanyol most likely can win against Granada and it would mean Getafe dropping down three spots to 15th at the end of this game week. A draw could open up the possibility of only Real Sociedad overtake in case they manage a fair goal difference against Athletic Club Bilbao.
Barcelona’s last away setback this season was the defeat in the El Clasico and a goalless draw to Malaga. With Madrid engaging themselves in Morocco this month for the club world cup, they will try to snatch the most out of the Almeria game. Winning in the Getafe game seems a necessity for Barca.
Barcelona along with Real Madrid stand the record of being the only two clubs in La Liga history to have visited Getafe and never drawn the game 0-0.
If we take a look at the previous 20 league meetings we realize that Barca have won 14 times drawn 4 and lost only 2 against Getafe.
For Barcelona it’s quite a tricky fixture if they end up showing defensive vulnerabilities in their defense on counter attacks or set-pieces. Overall Barca have enough quality to see through Getafe in their own den. Probably in this season of breaking records another Magical Messi Hat-trick would be on its way. If Ronaldo gets his hat-trick against Almeria we can always expect Messi to go one better than him the next day.
Getafe- Barcelona Last Five meetings:
03/05/14 Bar 2-2 Get
17/01/14 Get 0-2 Bar
09/01/14 Bar 4-0 Get
22/12/13 Get 2-5 Bar
10/02/13 Bar 6-1 Get
Match time: 13th December,2014 16:00 UTC
Stadium: Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Madrid