Coliseum Alfonso Pérez is the stage for this La Liga clash as Getafe play hosts to FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona will be keen on getting this victory as a confidence-booster ahead of the El Clasico next weekend. Does the home side have something different in mind?
Barcelona have enjoyed playing against Getafe in recent seasons with four wins in the last four games. It also has to be noted that Getafe hasn't beaten Barcelona in the last seventeen games. With the most recent meeting ending in a 2-1 win for Barcelona, the Azulones will certainly want to get that first win as they entertain the Catalonians.
Decent start for the home side
Getafe started the season well with two wins and a draw, keeping clean sheets in all three games. Their game has always been built on rock-solid defence and it's a tactic that seems o be working for them. However, they were shocking defensively in their previous game as they were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline.
Real Sociedad proved to be too much for Getafe who hardly had a sniff all through the game. Goals from Spanish internationals Oyarzabal, Merino, and Portu sealed their second win and condemned Getafe to their first loss of the campaign.
New-look Barcelona on show once again
Koeman's style of play had made the Barcelona team be a little rock solid in defence compared to their previous coaches. However, from the midfield to the forwards, the Catalans are yet to find the perfect rhythm. With Greizmann struggling from the right-wing and Leo Messi not really in amongst the goals, there's still work left for Koeman to be done. Nonetheless, Coutinho has been the stand-out player for his side contributing to half of the goals scored in the league.
They failed to get the three points at home to Sevilla for the first time since 2011. Luuk de Jong pounced on a loose ball in the 8th minute as he fired his team in front. The Messi-Alba connection was once again the Catalans' weapon as the Spanish defender pulled the ball back for Coutinho to tap the ball into the net. No goal went in for the remaining 80 minutes as both sides shared the spoils.
Getafe vs Barcelona Team News
Barcelona is the ones with the injury problems with Alba, Ter Stegen and Umtiti sidelined. Lenglet is set to make his way back to the starting XI after serving his suspension.
Getafe possible starting XI:
Soria; Suarez, Djene Etxeita, Olivera; Cucurella, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Nyon; Angel, Unal
Barcelona possible starting XI:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Pique, Lenglet, Roberto; De Jong, Pjanic; Ansu, Coutinho, Griezmann; Messi
Getafe vs Barcelona Prediction: 0-2
Getafe's style of play is based on rock-solid defence. As such, they don't have the attacking flair other teams possess, succumbing route one football most times, utilizing the aerial prowess of Angel Rodriguez and Enes Unal. We believe Barcelona leave Coliseum Alfonso Pérez with a clean sheet victory this weekend.