La Liga Betting: Barcelona to bounce back against Getafe



"There is one player at Real Madrid who I have admired for years, but I will not say who it is because it will create a circus," remarked Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, creating a circus. In fact, it would have been more of a surprise if he didn't admire any players from the capital; after all, they are the current champions of Spain and in the top five sides in Europe. Just one Sandro? Really?

Courage, bravery and warrior spirit are just some of the attributes Luis Garcia believes his Getafe side will need to get anything at the Camp Nou. They must attack at their best and run for their lives, but most of all, he admits: "we have to be lucky."

Team news

Xavi is the big injury worry for the Catalan club, with a couple of likely options for assistant coach Jordi Roura to mull over. The obvious move would be to drop Andrés Iniesta deeper and play David Villa out wide, but Roura appears to have issues with the striker. Don't be surprised should Thiago Alcântara arrive straight into the midfield trident.

Getafe are without three of their first choice back five, due to goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Moyá's first red card in five years, Rafa's suspension and injury to Juan Valera. Jordi Codina will be between the posts, whilst the returning Miguel Torres and Alberto Lopo should go straight into the starting eleven.

Form

"We lacked a little spark in our finishing" was Roura's assessment of the draw at the Mestalla. Fatigue and the opposition's intensity were the reasons he gave as to why they couldn't beat Ernesto Valverde's Valencia.

Some might suggest that Azulones have used up their good fortune. They've lost only once in their recent five matches and that was against Real Madrid.

Recent head-to-head

In the two meetings in 2012, Barça put four past Getafe both home and away. The Blaugrana have scored at least four goals in their last four home matches in the Primera División, making over 3.5 goals a very plausible option at 1.57.

Goalscorer betting

Lionel Messi signed a two-year contract extension with Barcelona just days ago, keeping him at the club until 30th June 2018. Catalan television channel 'TV3' broadcast a video showing attempted tackles by Real Madrid players on the Argentine international, mixed in with images of hyenas. The Bernabéu club are taking legal action. His strike against Valencia means he has now scored in 12 consecutive games in La Liga, and he is 1.26 to score and 2.55 to net first.

Verdict

With a week until the Champions League match with Milan, Barcelona can afford to field a strong side against Getafe. Garcia's team are looking to stick to their principles, which means they will either live or die by the sword. A shock Dark Blues win is an appetising 20.00, but don't go putting your house on it. The Barça victory at 1.08 is much more likely.

Bonus bet

Barcelona have been winning at both half-time and full-time in their last six home matches in the league, scoring in both halves in five. Barça/Barça HT/FT is 1.44, whilst Barça scoring in both halves is 1.42.

Score prediction: Barcelona 4-0 Getafe (9.00)