Match Preview: Barcelona look to get back on track against Getafe

FC Barcelona have failed to keep a clean sheet for the fourth consecutive match. The 1-1 draw against Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday leaves their qualification hopes hanging in the balance. With the La Liga title seemingly out of reach, eight points behind Real Madrid, the Blaugrana can at least temporarily move into second place with a victory against Getafe, a team they have only beaten once in their last four league meetings (1W, 3D).

Barca have at least kept a clean sheet in each of those encounters, but that is unlikely to continue given they have conceded 14 goals in their last five home league matches (2W, 1D, 2L). The history of this fixture is, however, instructive, as Barca have never lost to Getafe at the Camp Nou (16W, 4D).

Getafe, stuck in mid-table, have only lost one of their last five matches (2W, 2D), although the Azulones were held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal last time out. Jose Bordalas’ men may have one eye on the European places, as they are only six points adrift of the top six heading into the round, but they can ill-afford a repeat of the ill-tempered reverse fixture which saw two players and a coach sent off.

Another draw cannot be ruled out, however, as seven of Getafe’s last 10 away La Liga matches have ended in stalemate (1W, 2L), scoring in eight of those games. That contributes to an attack that has only been outscored by the top six and Villarreal, and could be the decisive factor in their bid to qualify for Europe for the first time since 2019.

Players to watch:

İlkay Gündoğan: The Manchester City midfielder is in fine form, with five goals in his last five league appearances, all of which have produced at least three goals.

Mason Greenwood: The Getafe forward, on loan from Manchester United, could be looking to score early to impress Barcelona, who are reportedly interested in signing him in the summer. Four of his five league goals for Getafe have come in the first half.

Hot stat: Barcelona have scored 16 goals after the 80th minute, the most in La Liga.

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