Getafe are set to host champions Barcelona in match week 13 of the La Liga, at Madrid’s Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
Ahead of the game Getafe continue to miss the services of midfielder Pedro Leon, on loan from Real Madrid, owing to a knee injury. They will also miss Abdel Barrada currently serving suspension after receiving two yellow cards in his side’s 2-1 loss against Sporting Gijon in their last league game.
Pep Guardiola will welcome the return of Dani Alves to Barcelona’s starting eleven after the defender sat out the mid-week Champions League encounter with AC Milan that the Camp Nou side won 3-2, owing to suspension. Guardiola is likely to use Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique in central defence.
Andres Iniesta is yet to recover fully from a thigh strain, and could be replaced in defensive midfield by Cesc Fabregas. Pedro has returned to match fitness from an ankle injury but might not figure in Barca’s starting eleven, while Chilean Alexis Sanchez could start, having made good progress in his recovery from injury.
Getafe have had a poor run recently winning just three of their last 15 games, all those wins coming in home games, in what has been their worst performance at the start of their campaign, garnering just 10 points from 12 matches. Their best performer has been Miku, with the striker having accomplished five goals this season in 12 league games, just two adrift of his tally last season.
In 14 past encounters between these sides, Getafe have won one game while Barcelona have emerged winners on 10 occasions, with the remaining three matches ending in stalemates.
Barcelona have won their last five games on the trot against Getafe, with the last match between the sides, hosted by the Catalans, ending 2-1 in the hosts’ favour. In fact, Barcelona have remained unbeaten in their last 16 games league matches; the last time the Catalan giants lost was in April, against Real Sociedad.
Getafe have had just the one win in their last five league games, against Atletico Madrid, on November 6, with two losses to Sporting Gijon (2-1) and Valencia (3-1) and two draws (Osasuna (2-2) and Real Sociedad (0-0), completing the tally.
Contrast that with Barcelona’s fur wins and a draw in their last five games. Those wins came against AC Milan (3-2), Zaragoza (4-0), CE L’Hospitalet (1-0) and FC Viktoria Plzeň (4-0), while a 2-2 stalemate came against Athletic de Bilbao.
Getafe are up against a determined Catalan side who will be seeking a win to maintain pressure on Real Madrid at the top of the league table.
Getafe’s probable starting eleven: Moya, Torres, Rafa, Diaz, Mane, Lacen, Michel, Valera, Sarabia, Castro, Miku
Barcelona’s probable starting eleven: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Sanchez, Messi, Villa
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