Monday, April 27, 2015

FC Barcelona vs Getafe - Competition: Spanish Primera Division

In the last round of Spanish Primera Division, FC Barcelona took on local rivals from Espanyol in the Catalan derby. Once again, the Spanish leaders showed no hesitation as they won the game 2-0 via goals from Messi and Neymar. Barcelona’s tiki-taka machine looks to be up and running in fine form as the team is undefeated in their 14 matches with 13 wins. The possibility of winning the Treble is still very much alive, but the constant action does not seem to have a negative impact on their performances in the domestic league where they average nearly 3 goals per match and have obtained 19 clean sheets, which is more than any of their competitors. They look especially intimidating home at Camp Nou, where they have won 10 of their last 11 fixtures in La Liga, and they are leading the attacking home statistics. The match against Getafe must be used to maintain their slim edge on Real in the standings, as a defeat on Tuesday could see them giving up the number 1 spot. However, we don’t see that happening when you have an offense with Messi, Neymar and Suarez. That deadly trio has scored 66 of Barcelona’s 91 La Liga goals, and especially Neymar is hot right now with 5 goals in his last 5 matches. He does not come close to Lionel Messi in this season though. Including both goals and assists, the Argentinian magician is responsible for 52 of FC Barcelona La Liga BBVA goals.

Getafe team are currently 13th in the Spanish Primera Division standings. With an 8 point gap to the relegation zone and only 5 rounds remaining, the team looks like a definite La Liga team again next season, and therefore, the club is not pressured to get a good result at Camp Nou. And that is probably for the best, when you look at the team’s most recent results. Getafe have not won in their last 3 La Liga-matches and the 2 most recent matches were both lost. The team’s away form, however, is reasonably good as they have won 2 out of their last 4 away matches. It should be said, though, that both wins came against teams from the lower end of the table, and against Barcelona it will be another story. In the reverse game of this season, Getafe did manage to keep Barcelona from scoring as they achieved a 0-0 draw in December last year. Actually, Barcelona was not able to win a La Liga game against Getafe in the calendar year of 2014. In addition to the 0-0 result, Getafe also managed to get impressive 2-2 at Camp Nou at the end of last season. However, the Catalan side usually performs well against Getafe, as they are undefeated in 9 of the last 10 fixtures against Getafe. Getafe do not have much more to play for in this season, however, as long as there is a theoretical chance for relegation, a point or three is needed.

Match date: 28 April 2015
Kick Off Time: 19:00 BST
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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