Getafe vs. Barcelona: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream info
For a team that is supposedly trying to survive under the bulk of feeble squad depth and a different injury each week, this mediocre Barca are more than holding their own.
They are likely to face swathes of empty terraces at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Getafe are arguably one of the worst supported teams in the competition, and when Barca come to town, standard practice would dictate that ticket prices rise considerably.
Just one loss for the Catalans in the last six does give some reassurance in form even if this isn’t vintage Barca.
Getafe, whereas, have had a mixed display of results over the same duration. The three games won in the time frame have been against sides in the bottom five, and they’ve not been able to score on four of those six occasions.
Date: Saturday, October 31
Time: 7:30 p.m. GMT/3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Madrid, Spain
TV Info: Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 2 HD (UK only)/beIN Sports 1 (U.S. only)
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK only)/beIN Sports Connect (U.S. only)
Getafe are likely to begin with a 4-2-3-1 and rely on counter attack Barca in the opening exchanges. If the visitors manage to dominate initially, then Fran Escriba may pursue a 4-5-1 for damage limitation.
Santiago Vergini and Alexis will be given task to ensure that Luis Suarez doesn’t penetrate the danger areas centrally whilst Roberto Lago and Damian Suarez, in for the suspended Vigaray, will need to restrain the forays of Neymar and Munir El Haddadi, respectively.
Mehdi Lacen continues to deliver in the middle of the park alongside Juan Rodriguez, and both will need to be conscious of the late runs of either Ivan Rakitic or the returning Andres Iniesta.
It wasn’t too long ago that Santiago Vergini was almost ended up joining Barca.
Jen Evelyn of Inside Spanish Football exclaimed back in 2013 that Tata Martino was considering purchasing a player who had performed well under his tutelage at Newell’s Old Boys.
In the stated event, Vergini never made the move, and via a sojourn to the Premier League, the Argentinian now finds himself competing against the Catalans just two years after his probable move there was mooted.
It’s a clash to look out for.