MATCH PREVIEW: GETAFE VS BARCELONA
Competition: La Liga 2020/21
Matchday: Matchday 6
Date and Time: Saturday; 17 October; 9:00 PM CET
Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe, Spain
Referee: Cesar Soto Grado, Spain
We’re back to La Liga football after the international break where Barcelona are back in action over the weekend. After most of the players played for their country, they are back in for the club. This time, they face a strong Getafe side that finished in the Round of 16 in the Europa League. Bordalas’ physical side has never been a goal-fest, but nonetheless, Barcelona should dominate this one.
Last game out, Barcelona drew 1-1 with Sevilla after a 10th-minute goal from Philippe Coutinho and one from Luuk De Jong of Sevilla. Despite not keeping a clean sheet, Barcelona has been strong defensively in the league, conceding only one goal in all of their games thus far. Even though Clement Lenglet was suspended due to a red card, Ronald Araujo showed his worth by showing defensive rigidity and was comfortable on the ball as well. There were some weak points in the midfield and while attacking, especially with Griezmann on the right-wing.
Getafe enters this game in 7th place, two positions below Barcelona at 5th. So far, the Azulones have beaten Osasuna and Real Betis while drawing to Deportivo Alaves and were thumped 3-0 by Real Sociedad. Getafe hasn’t beaten Barcelona in a long time, and we hope that does not change tonight.
Head to Head: Meetings in2019/20 and 2018/19
15 Feb 2020: Barcelona 2 Getafe 1
28 Sep 2019: Getafe 0 Barcelona 2
12 May 2019: Barcelona 2 Getafe 0
6 Jan 2019: Getafe 1 Barcelona 2
Team News and Expected Lineups
We can see the squad chosen by Koeman below:
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Marc Andre Ter-Stegen misses out with an injury to his tendons. Jordi Alba suffered a hamstring injury in the game against Sevilla and was replaced by new signing Sergiño Dest. Samuel Umtiti misses out in this team due to his long-suffering knee injury.
The youth players in this team are Iñaki Peña, Arnau Tenas and Oscar Mingueza.
Keeping the Champions League games against Ferencvaros and Juventus in mind, alongside the crucial El Clasico against Real Madrid, Koeman would do good by rotating some of his players.
I expect Neto to start in goal as the goalkeeper. Considering Alba is out to injury and Firpo was cleared fit yesterday, Sergiño Dest should play at left-back with Sergi Roberto at right-back. In central defence, Clement Lenglet should be back to pair up alongside Gerard Pique to complete the defence.
In midfield, Miralem Pjanic might be making his first start for Barcelona to replace either Frenkie De Jong or Sergio Busquets. However, he has a back injury scare that could relegate him to another substitute performance. Thus, I believe Barcelona might stick with their usual double-pivot of De Jong and Busquets.
The conundrum for the starting lineup is in the attack. Lionel Messi should start at striker while Philippe Coutinho merits a start as the attacking midfielder. Ansu Fati should be rested for this game against Getafe given more important games in the Champions League, while Francisco Trincao started to train only yesterday. This means that Ousmane Dembele should get his first start as a winger in a long time.
Antoine Griezmann has been poor this season for Barcelona as he has not fit in his role at right-wing very well. Griezmann might be dropped this game for Martin Braithwaite or Pedri who are looking to gain minutes in this season to impress Ronald Koeman.
We can see the lineup in the 4-2-3-1 formation below:
Generally, our games against Getafe have been low-scoring, and I don’t expect the tradition to change for this game. My prediction? Barcelona 2 Getafe 0
Visca El Barca!