FC Barcelona will be playing hosts to Getafe for their 24th game in La Liga this season. The Catalans are currently second on the table with 49 points and are three points shy from Real Madrid who reside at the top. However, Getafe CF has impressed one and all in the ongoing campaign as they sit at third with 42 points and have registered four consecutive wins on the trot.
Date- Saturday, February 15
Kick-Off- 8:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Camp Nou
Gerard Pique will be back from suspension and should fit in at the centre-back position alongside Samuel Umtiti. Clement Lenglet was sent off against Real Betis in the last game. Nelson Semedo has returned to fitness and should feature at the right-back spot for Quique Setien in place of Sergi Roberto. Antoine Griezmann, Leo Messi and Ansu Fati should be the ideal front three, while de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Arthur accommodate midfield.
Damian Suarez is ruled out due to him undergoing suspension for the visitors. Allan Nyom should be made available at the right-back spot as a result of it. Jason could be given the nod to start out wide, while. Kenedy is also probable to start. Mathias Olivera will be expected to start at left-back since Vitorino Antunes is a doubt for the big game.
BAR (Expected Playing 11)- T Stegan; Alba, Umtiti, Pique, Semedo; de Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Greizmann, Messi, Fati
GEF (Expected Playing 11)- Soria; Nyom, Etxeita, Dakonam, Olivera; Jason, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Cucurella; Mata, Molina
Lionel Messi has been the usual standout for FC Barcelona. The Argentina international has 14 goals and 11 assists along with a pass accuracy of 82.6% from 1531 minutes in the La Liga this season.
Jaime Mata has been one of the central figures for Getafe. Mata has eight goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 65.8% from 21 appearances.
Antoine Greizmann has seven goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 74.7% from 1279 minutes in the league this season for FC Barcelona.
Jorge Molina has also been influential on the attack for Getafe. Molina has five goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 66% from 21 appearances this season.
From the last six encounters between the two sides, Barcelona has won five, while one game ended as a draw.
FC Barcelona should seal the win in front of home support.
Goalkeeper- D Soria
Defenders- N Semedo, G Pique, X Etxeitia
Midfielders- A Fati, A Melo, Jason, N Maksimovic
Forwards- A Griezmann, L Messi (C), J Mata (VC)
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