Barcelona vs Getafe: La Liga Preview & Potential Line-ups
Barcelona's pursuit of their first La Liga title since 2018/19 continues on Sunday as they play host to perennial relegation candidates Getafe at the Spotify Camp Nou.
A fortnight of domestic cup duties saw Barcelona land a record-extending 14th Supercopa Espana title, courtesy of a 3-1 demolition of arch-rivals Real Madrid in a Saudi Arabia-held showpiece and progress into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Xavi Hernandez's star-studded line-up was too hot to handle for minnows Ceuta on Thursday, with Robert Lewandowski's second-half double inspiring the Blaugrana to a routine 5-0 triumph on the road.
However, fresh from landing his first trophy in charge of Barcelona, Xavi won't be able to call upon the services of his talismanic frontman as he serves a three-game red-card ban.
Back to La Liga action for the first time since an ill-tempered 1-0 victory against Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid, the hosts are looking to maintain a three-point lead on second-half Los Blancos at the very least.
In stark contrast to Barcelona's title ambitions, visiting Getafe are seemingly facing another season-long dogfight against relegation following a woeful three-game losing start to the new calendar year.
Following a run of back-to-back 2-1 defeats to Espanyol and Sevilla, Quique Sanchez Flores' men head into this gameweek level on points with 18th-placed Real Valladolid.
Unfortunately for Los Azulones, there's a genuine feeling they'll have to seek much-needed points elsewhere after winning none of their 17 all-time visits to Camp Nou in La Liga (D4, L13).
Except for Joselu's spot-kick in an underwhelming 1-1 draw against cross-town rivals Espanyol in their 2023 La Liga curtain-raiser, Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their remaining seven home league outings in 2022/23.
Don't let the Blaugrana's noticeable defensive improvement under Xavi lead you to believe they've abandoned their attacking-minded football, as they've netted in 15 consecutive top-flight games since a drab 0-0 home draw against Rayo Vallecano on matchday one.
Delivering action from the get-go, the Catalan heavyweights have tallied a league-high 12 first-half goals on home soil this term, highlighting the potential for a quick-fire start.
Getafe cannot catch a break in 2023 and after losing their last two La Liga matches on the road, it's hard to back them upsetting the apple cart at Camp Nou with any real conviction.
Barcelona should not underestimate Los Azulones' bid to claim a first-ever win in Catalonia, and with Valladolid breathing down their necks, that could be a strong incentive.
Yet Barcelona's potential opener would likely wipe Getafe's history-making effort out, considering the visitors have lost all four away league fixtures in which they've conceded first this season.
Barcelona vs Getafe Potential Line-ups
Barcelona (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Andres Christensen, Alejandro Balde; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, Gavi.
Getafe (5-3-2): David Soria; Juan Iglesias, Djene Dakonam, Domingos Duarte, Omar Alderete, Portu; Carles Alena, Luis Milla, Angel Algobia; Borja Mayoral, Enes Unal.