Preview: Barcelona vs Getafe – prediction, team news, lineups
After a somewhat disappointing draw last time out, Barcelona will look to get back on the winning track on Sunday when they host Getafe at the Camp Nou.
Ronald Koeman’s men started the new La Liga season with a win over Real Sociedad before drawing with Athletic Bilbao last Saturday, while their visitors have lost their first two games.
Barcelona are in a kind of transition period with Ronald Koeman, given the main problems off the field, but things must never stop in Catalonia, as the Blaugrana must prepare to present another offer for the title, as they have not managed to win the League since 2019.
Koeman took over early last season, and a poor first half saw them seemingly out of the title picture, only for them to win 14 of their first 16 league games after the turn of the year to get back in the fight.
While a disappointing finish saw the Catalan side fall to third place, and Paris Saint-Germain kicked them out of the Champions League in the knockout stage, ongoing problems off the field made it a particularly difficult task since the beginning, and With a year of Barca experience under his belt, Koeman will look forward to a clean slate and a title upgrade this time around.
They started the new season with a home clash against Real Sociedad, and a goal from Gerard Piqué and a double from Martin Braithwaite gave them a comfortable 3-0 lead.
While late goals from Julen Lobete and Mikel Oyarzabal kept the game tight, Sergi Roberto found the net in injury time to seal a 4-2 victory.
Koeman’s men were unable to achieve back-to-back victories last time when they played a 1-1 draw with an Athletic Bilbao team that is known to have cost them points regularly in recent seasons, as Íñigo Martínez put the Basque team ahead. before Memphis Depay tied the Blaugrana level in the 75th minute to score a point, which they may have been lucky enough to accumulate in the balance of the game.
With defending champion Atletico Madrid winning their first two games, Barcelona will know that they cannot afford to give up much ground to their title rivals at this early stage, and will be eager to quickly return to the path of the victory on Sunday.
They will face a Getafe looking to go off the mark for the season after losing their first two games.
Sunday’s visitors avoided relegation in relative comfort last season, in large part due to their strong backline, as only one team outside the top five conceded fewer than the 43 goals they sent in 38 La Liga outings.
The azulones will have headed into the campaign hoping to move on from their 15th place, but they didn’t get off to a good start when they traveled to Valencia on an opening day.
Their hosts played with 10 men for 87 minutes after Hugo Guillamon’s early red card, but they still took the lead in the 11th minute when Carlos Soler converted a penalty, and Michel’s team could not draw, finally falling to 1 -0. failure.
After the disappointment of a loss to 10 men, Getafe had hoped to bounce back against Sevilla last time, and the match looked set to end goalless until Erik Lamela scored the 93rd minute for the visitors to condemn Michel’s team to a second. consecutive defeat.
As one of three teams without a point in the Spanish top flight, the Azulones will be desperate to get off the mark quickly, but on Sunday they face a particularly tough test.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Neto; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Roberto; Griezmann, Braithwaite, Memphis
Getafe possible starting lineup:
Soria; Suarez, Dakonam, Mitrovic, Olivera; Alena, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Vitolo; Unal, Ramirez