Blaugrana has just clinched their first title since 2019 last weekend. Now, they are fully confident and focusing on their remaining eight games to chase Atletico and Real Madrid above them. With only five and two points separated, everything is still possible. Their archrival even slipped while travelling to Getafe, Barcelona’s next opponent. Although they have home advantage here, it is very unwise to look down on them, not when they have the hurtful Carles Alena, their loanee who has to be pushed away instead of being given the opportunity to shine in the Catalan side.
Both teams’ previous games
Barcelona smashed Bilbao 4-0 in Copa del Rey final last weekend. Messi might have scored a brace but the real man of the match was Frankie de Jong who bagged the second goal and provided two assists for the opener scored by Antoine Griezmann and Messi’s first goal of the game.
Getafe managed to secure a big result while hosting Real Madrid last weekend as they held the reigning Champions in a goalless draw. Pepe Bordalas’s side should have even won the game as they missed a number of decent chances, including one from Jaime Mata which only hit the post.
Ronald Koeman is likely to deploy 3-4-2-1 with the transition to 4-3-3 whenever they have to control the ball and build up the attack. Leo Messi will be accompanied by Pedri and Ousmane Dembele who only played in the final minutes last weekend as well as to rest Griezmann. Only three names are in their injury table, Neto, Moussa Wague, Phillipe Coutinho and their famouse youngster Ansu Fati who sadly has to miss out too much this season.
Jose Bordalas might be in favour of the same low-block based 4-4-2 with Jaime Mata and the Turkish forward Enes Unal upfront. On both flanks, two La Masia graduate, Marc Cucurella and Carles Alena will be covering the area. Real Madrid loanee, Take Kubo could be considered featuring as the frontman, the role he once was employed while playing for Mallorca last season, to break the deadlock. The Japanese youngster could be the option as Cuchu Hernandez is ruled out here along with Cabaco, while Angel Rodriguez is the next one on the pecking order.
Players to watch
Leo Messi is still unstoppable this season, especially if his teammates are thriving too. The Argentine has bagged 23 goals and provided eight assists this season in La Liga. Some other key men who are indispensable are Frankie de Jong, Pedri and Jordi Alba.
The Uruguayan defensive midfielder Mauro Arambarri is one of their vital figures this season. He has netted three goals. Another notable name to watch is Marc Cucurella who has notched up three goals and one assist.
Barcelona vs Getafe Prediction
The Catalan side is expected to secure another victory here to catch up with their rivals and keep in the in race. A failure to win would be a catastrophe and ruin their chance to snatch La Liga. Marc Cucurella and Co will be holding the line and build the swift counter attack to level Barcelona’s strength.