Getafe CF (7th, 7pts) vs FC Barcelona (5th, 7pts)*
*Points and positions at the time of writing on Friday
Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 6
Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Marc-André ter Stegen, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Matheus Fernandes
Getafe Outs & Doubts: None
Date/Time: Saturday, October 17, 2020, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Sunday)
Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain
Referee: Cesar Soto Grado
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), Startimes Sports Premium (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others
Following a two-week international break, Barcelona return to action in La Liga with a tough away match against Getafe. This is the start of a crucial week for Barça, who play Getafe on the road, come back home for the Champions League season debut against Ferencváros, then welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou for the first Clásico of 2020-21.
Ronald Koeman’s team made a strong start to the season with an unbeaten record in September, even though the draw against Sevilla left a lot to be desired. But the impact of Koeman’s intensity and coaching style is undeniable, and this Barça team fights more and plays harder than they did for several years.
Getafe pride themselves on playing hard, and showing the same fighting spirit as them will be very important if Barça want to leave the Coliseum with all three points. Picking up points away from home will always be the challenge for the Blaugrana, but Koeman’s men seem will definitely put in the work to get a good road win.
Barcelona (4-2-3-1): Neto; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Dest; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Coutinho, Ansu Fati; Messi
Getafe (4-4-2): Soria; Suárez, Djené, Etxeita, Olivera; Nyom, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Cucurella; Hernández, Mata
I expect Barça to match Getafe’s intensity and the talent will eventually take over: 2-0 to the good guys.