La Liga: GCF vs Barça



Barcelona will find a way back to victory in La Liga as they march to Coliseum Alfonso Perez to host Getafe. Ronald Koeman's team are currently 5th with 7 points from their 3 matches, while Getafe is 7th with 7 points from 4 matches this season.

Getafe got off to an encouraging start to their 2020-21 La Liga campaign, taking 7 points from their four matches to take seventh, just 3 points behind top team Real Madrid. The capital side kicked off the season with a 1-0 win over Osasuna, before drawing Alaves 0-0 a week later. Another victory came at home against Real Betis at the end of September, but Jose Bordalas's men suffered a 0-3 defeat against Real Sociedad just before the international tournament. Getafe were 8th in La Liga last season, 2 points behind a Europa League spot, but they reached the round of 16 of the tournament. Bordalas's side, for now, only have La Liga to focus on and hope to make it to the top six, with a busy summer transfer window as they bring in some new players for the club.

On the Barca side, the absence of Marc-Andre ter Stegen means that Neto will continue to start, while Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba are also sure to leave this weekend due to injury. Junior Firpo is also struggling with a hamstring issue, which means that rookie Serginho Dest could make his official debut for Barca from left-back position. Pjanic was forced out of Bosnia-Herzegovina during the clash with Poland on Wednesday, but the experienced midfielder is believed to be fit and ready for this match to kick off alongside Philippe Coutinho. Messi, Ansu Fati and Antoine Griezmann all made their national appearances during the recent international break, but the trio are expected to play on Saturday, while Clement Lenglet will be present after missing a clash with Sevilla due to suspension and will appear alongside Gerard Pique in the center of the defense. Barca had a strong start to their La Liga campaign, having won 7 points from 3 games to take fifth place, the Catalan giants opening the campaign with a 4-0 win over Villarreal before hitting 3-0 defeat to Celta Vigo in early October. Koeman's side was held by Sevilla before the international break, but showed good signs after a turbulent season last year. The financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak was felt at the Camp Nou, but the Catalan side still signed with Pedri, Matheus Fernandes, Sergino Dest, Trincao and Miralem Pjanic in the summer. Barca will have confidence when they have won all 4 La Liga matches with Getafe.




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