Barcelona are five points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the standings. The title is within sight and a three-horse race is taking place in Spain’s top flight. Ronald Koeman’s team are coming off of their 31st Copa del Rey win. The 4-0 victory gave Barcelona their first piece of silverware this season, but the campaign could get even better.

On Thursday night, Barcelona host 15th-place Getafe at Camp Nou. Getafe are in a relegation fight and are four points above 18th-place Real Valladolid. Manager Jose Bordalas led Getafe to a shock nil-nil draw against Real Madrid last weekend. Now, they aim to defeat Barcelona – or at least draw – to keep their heads above water.

Getafe are winless in their last six La Liga matches. Four of those six fixtures ended in draws for Los Azules. Bordalas’s team shocked Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez with a 1-0 victory. Jaime Mata’s second half penalty gave Getafe the surprise victory. It was Getafe’s first win against Barcelona since the 2011-12 La Liga season.

Barcelona’s last La Liga fixture was El Clasico, which ended 2-1 in favour of Real Madrid. Koeman needs the team to rebound against Getafe to keep pace with Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race.

Barcelona vs Getafe Betting Odds

 

Barcelona are second in the current La Liga form table. The Blaugrana took 15 points from the last 18 available in La Liga. Five of their last six games ended in wins prior to the 2-1 loss in El Clasico to Real Madrid. Barcelona only conceded four goals over the course of their last six matches, two of which were scored by Real Madrid. Koeman’s team scored 16 times over the course of that time period.

The Camp Nou club are at odds of ¼ to win against Getafe at the end of full-time. Barcelona are on a three-match winning streak in La Liga at Camp Nou. They have only lost once at home this season. No team have scored more home goals in La Liga this season than Barcelona. Thirty-seven goals have been tallied by the Blaugrana.

Bookies have Getafe at odds of 14/1 to claim a win at full-time versus Barcelona. Los Azules took a mere four points from the last 18 on offer in La Liga. They are not in very good form despite the nil-nil draw versus Real Madrid. Getafe have struggled in front of goal with a mere two goals scored over the course of their last six league matches. The defence only conceded four times during that timeframe. Bordalas’s team have kept their heads above water in the relegation fight thanks to a sturdy defence. It was that defence that allowed Getafe to win 1-0 against Barcelona earlier this season.

Barcelona vs Getafe Team News

Koeman has three players on the injury list at Camp Nou. Goalkeeper Neto is a doubt due to an ankle injury. Meanwhile Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fatu are both ruled out due to meniscus injuries. It is reported that Coutinho could be allowed to leave for the new cut-rate price of £35 million in the summer. Arsenal could try to sign the former Liverpool player as a replacement for Martin Odergaard. Even Liverpool could go in for their former player as a creative midfielder is needed.

Fati has not played for Barcelona since November. The Blaugrana have received a major boost in his injury recovery. The 18-year-old winger has undergone surgery twice for the knee injury and it was feared that he would have a third due to a slow recovery. The latest reports from the club state Fati’s recover is now progressing and the player could be back sooner rather than later. Hopes are high Fati will return next season and fulfil the potential he has shown.

Bordalas has four players that could miss the fixture. Defender Allan Nyom is suspended for the fixture. Forward Dario Poveda is a doubt due to a knock. Defender Cucho has a sprained ankle and is a doubt for the match. Defender Erick Cabaco is ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

Barcelona vs Getafe Prediction

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Nine of the last 14 matches between Barcelona and Getafe saw the Blaugrana keep a clean sheet. Although Barcelona lost 1-0 earlier this season, the Koeman’s team are much better than they were in the reverse fixture. Getafe do not score a lot of goals. They scored just twice over the course of their last six games.

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Lionel Messi has scored 23 goals in 28 matches in La Liga. It is Messi that powered the team to the Copa del Rey trophy. He scored two of the four goals in Barcelona’s 4-0 win. Messi’s goalscoring is keeping Barcelona in the title race. Atletico Madrid should win this week against Huesca at home. Barcelona must win against Getafe to keep pace. 

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Getafe do not score goals. They have scored the fewest in La Liga this season with 22 and average just 0.71 goals a game in La Liga. Meanwhile, they have conceded 34 goals to opponents. Barcelona have tallied the league’s most with 69 in 31 games. They average 2.2 goals per match in La Liga. Three of the Blaugrana’s last six games ended with under 2.5 goals tallied. Five straight Getafe matches in La Liga finished with under 2.5 goals tallied.

Barcelona should have no issue winning at home versus Getafe. The Blaugrana are playing well currently and should keep pace with Atletico Madrid. Based on Atletico Madrid’s form over the last two months, there is no guarantee that they will win against Huesca. A loss and Barcelona win against Getafe will make the title race even juicier.

Getafe are in a relegation fight. They claim a nil-nil draw versus Real Madrid last weekend, but should come up short versus Barcelona.