La Liga frontrunners Barcelona face a Getafe side unbeaten in their last five league fixtures. Ernesto Valverde’s star studded squad currently hold a three point lead over closest challengers Atletico but will be wary of the test that awaits them in their first competitive clash of 2019.
Where and when: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe – 5 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Getafe vs. Barcelona: Eleven Sports 1
Last time: Getafe held Barcelona to a stubborn goalless draw when the sides met in February at Camp Nou. The Madrid based outfit were one of only a handful of teams to stop a Lionel Messi led Barca from scoring on home soil during the 2017-18 term.
|Lionel Messi to score a hat-trick||12/1||Offer|
|Arturo Vidal to score anytime||3/1||Offer|
Getafe vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Getafe sit in seventh, a solitary point off Real Betis who occupy the final European berth and the Azulones will be aware of the areas they need to improve in during the second half of the season. From a defensive perspective, boss José Bordalás will be delighted. Getafe have only conceded 13 goals, a figure only bettered by Atletico Madrid who are famed for their incredible rearguard. This statistic is not to be underestimated as they battle it out with a Barcelona team that have shipped six more efforts from 17 games.
Conversely, at the other end of the pitch things need to improve if the Azulones are to secure a Europa League spot between now and May. Getafe’s tally of just 18 goals is comfortably the lowest in the top half of the table, while the likes of Eibar and Celta Vigo in 12th and 13th respectively, have also outscored Bordalás’ troops. Nevertheless, the hosts will believe they can get something from the occasion and are priced at 7/1 to claim a victory and 17/4 to earn a share of the spoils.
Visitors Barcelona are the 4/1 favourites to maintain their lead at the top. Lionel Messi will take his place in a front three alongside Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, and will hope to replicate his stunning form which saw him rack up 25 goal involvements from 15 domestic appearances. Meanwhile, wideman Dembele finally appears to have settled in to his surroundings after an inconsistent first year in Spain and will be looking to add to his seven strikes to date. The France World Cup winner is 9/2 to net first.
One to watch for Getafe: Veteran Jorge Molina leads the way with five goals and will relish the physical battle with Gerard Pique. The 36-year-old striker is 3/1 in the anytime betting.
One to watch for Barcelona: Arturo Vidal had to bide his time but is now featuring regularly in the Barca midfield. The all-action Chilean is 10/3 in the same market.
Long shot: Getafe have proven they are no pushovers, and if Molina or one of his team-mates can get the first goal of the match the pressure could begin to tell on Barcelona who know they are facing stubborn opposition. A pulsating 2-2 final outcome is available at 20/1.