Barcelona Back in action in LaLiga this weekend, host Getafe on Sunday night as they look to maintain their footing at the top of the table.
The Blaugrana have not played a league match since beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 nearly two weeks ago, having lifted the Spanish Super Cup since then by winning the El Clasico, in addition to booking the Copa del Rey in the quarter-finals by hitting it from the third degree. Ceuta 5-0.
They are back in La Liga, three points off the top, and now face relegation-threatened Getafe who have lost their last three points in all competitions.
Here’s what you need to know before this.
Barcelona team news
Although Xavi has no injury issues to contend with at the moment, both Robert Lewandowski Ferran Torres will miss this weekend’s action due to suspension.
There were several changes to the team’s Copa del Rey fixture last time around, so we can expect Xavi to be back with a familiar line-up once again, bringing back the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Ronald Araujo.
(4-3-3): Ter Stegen Araujo, Conde, Christensen, Balde; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Fati, Javi
Getafe team news
As for the visitors, Mauro Arambari remains an injury doubt after missing the previous 10 league matches with an ankle problem.
Elsewhere, however, Quique Sanchez Flores’ team looks healthy as they head into a very tough test.
(5-3-2): Syrian Arab Republic. Iglesias, Daconam, Duarte, Alderete, Porto; Alena, Mila, Gubia; Mayoral, Onal
Well, any reasonable money would be on a home win here.
It’s been more than three months since Xavi’s men have been beaten in the league, since they’ve won six out of seven in that time. They, too, are heading to this impressive Supercopa crown, beating Real Madrid 3-1 in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Getafe have only managed one win in the previous five years La Liga Picnics and sitting in a solitary spot above the drop area. They may be combat ready given their circumstances, but La Blaugrana must boast more than enough quality to get the job done.
prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Getafe