Barcelona look to keep their momentum in La Liga as they welcome relegation candidates Getafe to Camp Nou on Saturday evening.
The Blaugrana are sitting comfortable at the top of the league table at 8 points gap with second placed Atletico Madrid. With just 8 more matches to go in the season, they are on due course to win the title and it’s just theirs to lose.
Getafe on the other hand are 16th in the league table, just 1 point away from relegation zone. They had a decent run in the league in December, but since January they are witnessing one of their worst runs in the league history.
Barcelona have now won 11 La Liga matches in a row. Just 2 defeats in the league campaign this season and their last defeat has come on October 2015 at Sevilla. Since then Barcelona are unbeaten in 21 matches, with 18 wins and 3 draws.
Getafe are struggling really bad and failed to win in their last 8 matches. They drew 1-1 with Sevilla at home in the last weekend’s fixture, but lost all of the previous 7 matches. Moreover their away form in the league this season is even worse as they managed only one win from 13 outings, 10 of them being defeats.
Barcelona: Team News
Javier Mascherano is suspended for this match as Neymar returns to the starting lineup after serving his ban.
Sergi Roberto could make a start here as Sergio Busquets is struggling with a slight knock he picked up in training.
Predicted line-up: Bravo – Alves, Vermaelen, Pique, Alba – Turan, Roberto, Iniesta – Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
Getafe: Team News
Pablo Sarabia, Alvaro Vazquez and Juan Cala are suspended for this trip to Barcelona after accumulating five yellow cards. While Roberto Lago, Vigaray and Damián Suárez are sidelined through respective injuries.
Predicted line-up: Guaita – Buendia, Velazquez, Vergini, Pereira – Medran, Lacen, Juan Rodriguez – Yoda, Victor Rodriguez, Scepovic.
Barcelona vs Getafe: Head-to-Head Stats
Barcelona are unbeaten against Getafe in the last 10 matches in all competitions, 8 of them are comprehensive wins.
Barcelona’s home record against Getafe stretches to a 10 matches unbeaten run since 2007 season.
Getafe have failed to score in 5 of the last 6 matches and Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in the last three consecutive matches.
The last Getafe win against Barcelona came in the 2011 home tie of the La Liga season, which is one of the 2 wins in their last 20 meetings.
Barcelona vs Getafe: Prediction
Barcelona are running with the La Liga title and there is no stopping them. They have scored a minimum of 2 goals in the last 13 home matches and this will be a huge mismatch for a Getafe side on Saturday, who are already struggling for form together with injuries and suspension.
This is a straight win for Barcelona and expect them to keep a clean sheets and fireworks from Messi and co.