Barcelona vs Getafe – La Liga: TV channel, team news, lineups and prediction
Barcelona return to La Liga action this weekend, hosting Getafe on Sunday evening as they look to keep their footing at the top of the table.
La Blaugrana haven’t played a league fixture since beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 nearly two weeks ago, having since lifted the Supercopa de Espana with a Clasico victory, as well as booking a Cope del Rey quarter-final spot by hammering third tier AD Ceuta 5-0.
They get back to their La Liga campaign sitting three points clear at the top, now facing a relegation-threatened Getafe side that has lost its last three across all competitions.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of this one.
Barcelona team news
Although Xavi has no injury woes to contend with at the moment, both Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres will miss this weekend’s action through suspension.
There were several changes for the side’s Copa del Rey fixture last time out, so we can expect Xavi to go with a more familiar lineup once again, with the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Ronald Araujo being reinstated.
(4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Araujo, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Fati, Gavi
Getafe team news
As for the visitors, Mauro Arambarri still represents an injury doubt having missed the previous ten league outings with an ankle problem.
Elsewhere, however, Quique Sanchez Flores’ squad looks very healthy as they head into an incredibly challenging test.
(5-3-2): Soria; Iglesias, Dakonam, Duarte, Alderete, Portu; Alena, Milla, Algobia; Mayoral, Unal
Well, any sensible money would be on a home victory here.
It’s been over three months since Xavi’s men have suffered defeat in the league, since winning six out of seven in that time. They also head into this one on the back of a fantastic Supercopa crowning, beating Real Madrid 3-1 in Saudi Arabia.
Getafe, meanwhile, have mustered up just one win in their previous five La Liga outings and sit a solitary point above the drop zone. They might be up for the fight given their circumstances, but La Blaugrana should boast more than enough quality to get the job done.
Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Getafe