Barcelona will play their fourth La Liga match under Ronald Koeman when they travel to Getafe on Saturday at 8pm.
Getafe XI: Soria; Suarez, Djene, Cabaco, Olivera; Nyom, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Cucurella; Mata, Hernandez.
Barcelona XI: Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Dest; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Pedri, Dembele; Messi.
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Getafe vs Barcelona build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
After a whirlwind summer which culminated in Lionel Messi pushing for the exit doors and Koeman returning to his former club in less than ideal circumstances, the Dutchman has done well to somewhat steady the ship.
Three unbeaten games so far makes for positive reading, with a 1-1 draw against Sevilla prior to the international break the only blemish on an otherwise faultless start for Koeman in the Camp Nou hotseat.
Barca currently sit seventh in the table with Getafe just two places below them but level on points. Jose Bordalas’ men are in good nick though their record of 15 games without a win against Barca sums up the scale of the task at hand this weekend.
The Catalan club are averaging three goals per game in that run (which stretches back to November 2011) and have triumphed on their four previous visits to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Will they make it five on the spin?
- Getafe (vs Real Sociedad): Soria; Suarez, Djene, Etxeita, Olivera; Nyom, Arambarri Maksimovic, Cucurella; Angel, Hernandez
- Barcelona (vs Sevilla): Neto; Roberto, Araujo, Pique, Alba*; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Coutinho, Fati; Messi.
Sergino Dest looks set to start his first game for Barca, but the right-back could be drafted in on the opposite flank, with Koeman unable to call upon the injured Jordi Alba or Junior Firpo. Having gone under the knife in August with a knee complication Marc-Andre ter Stegen is not expected back for this game, meaning Neto will continue to deputise in his absence.
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Players to watch:
- Getafe: Having been sold by Barca twice, Marc Cucurella will feel he has something to prove when he takes on his former club this weekend. The versatile midfielder is a product of La Masia but was unable to make the grade at Camp Nou, initially leaving the club for Eibar in 2019 after a fruitful loan spell, before Barca made an astonishing U-turn and re-signed him 16 days later. Despite doubling back on themselves, Barca sent him back out on loan last term, where he proved a revelation at Getafe. Now a permanent fixture in Madrid, Cucurella can start to gain some serious momentum and showcase his worth.
- Barcelona: It was a strange summer for Barca, with plenty of incomings and outgoings, but arguably the biggest question mark this season surrounds a player who was already on the books. Philippe Coutinho spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich after an extremely underwhelming stint in Catalonia following his big-money switch from Liverpool. Now back at Camp Nou, the 28-year-old will feel he has unfinished business and will be determined to fulfil the promise of his price tag. A world class operator on his day, the Brazilian already has a goal and two assists to his name in three La Liga appearances and certainly has the capacity to be a catalyst for Koeman this campaign.