While it may not sound much like it, this is very much a top of the table clash with 3rd placed Getafe currently just one place behind Barcelona, and the visitors will really underline their top-four credentials if they can leave Camp Nou with a result.
Getafe are in fine form heading into the clash, having won four matches in a row. Their 3-0 win against Valencia last time out pushed them to the third place in the table, three points above Atletico Madrid in fourth. Barcelona did, however, pick up an important win last weekend, as they saw off Real Betis 3-2 at the Benito Villamarin with Leo Messi creating all three goals.
The reverse fixture played in September last year saw Barcelona triumph 2-0 with goals coming from Luis Suarez and Junior Firpo.
Here are 3 things to look forward to as Barcelona host Getafe.
3. Squad depth an issue for Setien
Barcelona continue to be without the services of injured attacking duo Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele while defensive mainstay Clement Lenglet will miss the contest due to suspension. Gerard Pique is back from suspension but Samuel Umtiti is not 100 percent fit to start. Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, and Ansu Fati have been logging plenty of minutes and weariness is beginning to creep into Barca’s frontline too.
Riqui Puig was left out but Barca B’s Ronald Araujo and Rey Manaj were included. Back-up keeper Neto also was included after receiving the medical green light. If Messi and Griezmann are at their best, they have the talent to unlock any defence in the world. Getafe present a challenge, however, and will like their chances if the Catalan forwards show more signs of fatigue.
2. Getafe will have a saying and go for the win
Getafe were outstanding in their last match and were full value for their 3-0 win over Valencia. That marked their fourth straight league win to nil and they’ve scored 8 goals without response since losing to Real Madrid at the start of January. Jose Bordalas’s side actually finished fifth in La Liga last season and qualified from their Europa League group to make the last-32 stage of the competition, where they will meet Ajax.
Experienced defender Damian Suarez will miss out through suspension, while Angel continues to be linked to Barca. The number nine could again be on the bench this weekend with Jorge Molina set to continue alongside Jaime Mata in attack. Former Barcelona starlet Marc Cucurella has been one of Getafe’s most impressive player this season, leading the assist charts for the club with five.
1. Title race heating up
There’s no doubt that the last week have been unpleasant for Barcelona, but there is still plenty for the supporters to be positive about heading into the business end of the season. Barcelona have won 21 of their last 23 La Liga home games (D2), failing to score in only one of them (0-0 against Real Madrid in December 2019).
The gap with La Liga leaders Real Madrid is just three points, and the home side have won their last two against Levante and Real Betis. Lionel Messi provided a hat-trick of assists in the 3-2 success over Betis, and it is vital that the Catalan giants stay in touch with their Clasico rivals at this stage of the campaign.
3 Things to Look Forward to as Barcelona Host Third-Placed Getafe at Camp Nou