Match Preview: Getafe vs FC Barcelona

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Match Preview: Getafe vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Getafe vs FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona will travel to Coliseum Alfonso Pérez to face 15th placed Getafe in their La Liga game on Sunday. The Catalans are in second place in the league, with 72 points, five points ahead of third placed Atletico de Madrid. Barca need to avoid losing or rely on Sevilla and Atletico drawing each other in order to clinch the second place in the league with one more game to go against Villarreal.

Barcelona will enter this game on the back of a 3-1 win over Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, that was rather dramatic due to Ronald Araujo fainting and being taken to the hospital and other injury concerns like Eric Garcia, adding to the existing list of absentees. The Uruguayan is fine, but has not been included in the squad as a precaution.

Xavi’s men suffered back-to-back defeats to Cadiz and Rayo Vallecano last month, but have come with three wins in a row, beating Mallorca, Betis, Celta coming into this game. The next game against Unai Emery’s Villarreal at the Camp Nou will give fans a hopeful departure into the next season, and a busy and successful transfer window ahead.

FC Barcelona have the second best away record in La Liga, picking up 34 points from 18 matches while Getafe have been great at home soil, getting 27 points from 18 games. The Catalans will be looking to claim their 10th away win on Sunday. Getafe are sitting in 15th place in La Liga, 5 five points off the relegation zone, and are mathematically not safe. But it will be a massive surprise if they go down from this position between now and the end of the season.

Getafe have had a great record in La Liga in recent seasons, finishing 8th, 5th, and 8th between 2017-2020, before finishing 15th last term. Quique Sanchez Flores’s men are just six points behind the top half of the La Liga table. They will enter this game on the back of a four game unbeaten run, with wins over Celta, Osasuna, Betis, and Vallecano. Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season, and would be looking to replicate the same this time round.

The Blaugrana are about to finish this season without any trophy, but with a sense of hope due to the emergence of new young talent with club legend Xavi Hernandez at the helm. It is more of a spiritual win for the club. The club has mathematically qualified for the UEFA Champions League, which was the realistic aim for an otherwise disappointing season.

TEAM NEWS

Getafe
Stefan Mitrovic is suspended after being shown a red card in the previous game against Osasuna.
Jaime Mata is out injured, and will miss the game.

FC Barcelona
Gerard Pique, Nico Gonzalez, Sergi Roberto, Sergino Dest and Pedri are out injured.
Ronald Araujo is not included in the squad after his concussion in the game against Celta.
Jordi Alba, Frenkie de Jong, and Eric Garcia are out suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet and Oscar Mingueza might make the lineup for defence.
Ousmane Dembele, Memphis Depay, Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started in attack against Celta, and Xavi could go with the same attack.

EXPECTED LINEUPS

Getafe
Soria; Suarez, Dakonam, Alvarez, Cuenca, Olivera; Luis, Arambarri, Maksimovic; Mayoral, Unal

FC Barcelona
Ter Stegen; Alves, Umtiti, Lenglet, Mingueza; Busquets, Gavi; Dembele, Memphis, Torres; Aubameyang

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