Getafe V Barcelona, La Liga, Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, 16th September 2017
Getafe entertain the mighty Barcelona at the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Pérez on Saturday in Round 4 of La Liga, and in doing so welcome the Catalan giants to one of their happiest hunting grounds. And as the in-form team currently in the division (perhaps along with a rejuvenated Real Sociedad), Barca arrive on the outskirts of Madrid in a much better place than the last time they visited the capital just a matter of weeks ago.
Indeed, that previous visit ended in a 2-0 defeat to fierce rivals Real Madrid, and condemned La Blaugrana to a 5-1 aggregate defeat in the Spanish Super Cup. With a new coach recently installed, and the departure of Neymar imminent, Barcelona were being talked up as Europe’s crisis club, yet here we are a month later, and those concerns seem to have been banished, albeit until the next defeat arrives.
As previously stated, the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez has been the location of fond recent memories for Barcelona; it is almost six years since they were last defeated there, which is a sequence of five visits encompassing four wins and an aggregate score of 13-5 to the visitors. Indeed, including games at the Camp Nou, Getafe have only scored in one of their last six games against Barcelona and that was in a 2-2 draw in Catalonia three seasons ago. Getafe have failed to score in their last three home games against the Catalan giants and last season’s 2-0 win for Barcelona was indicative of that run of fixtures – Luis Suárez and Neymar scoring the goals. Indeed, considering Barcelona have won their last two home games 6-0 against the same opposition, you would forgive Getafe for being sick of the sight of Messi and Co.
New Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, may have a difficult task on his hands, but his side’s recent form has answered a lot of the critics; three wins from three in La Liga without conceding a goal and a comprehensive Champions League win against last season’s finalists Juventus have been just the remedy to that disappointing Super Cup result. The form of Lionel Messi has been one of the catalysts – seven in his last three matches is a significant return – but it is a previously unseen defensive solidity which has perhaps been the most surprisingly aspect in this nascent season.
Getafe on the other hand have scored only twice in their three league games to date, and both goals came in their 2-1 win at Leganés last time out. In their last match at the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, the home side went down 1-0 to Sevilla, which is perhaps a good indication of what to expect in this upcoming game against Barca.
Looking at the odds, of course there is no value in backing a Barcelona win, so selecting Barcelona half/time and full/time would secure rather more favourable odds of 1.75, currently with Bwin.
Looking at the two clubs’ La Liga scoring exploits so far this campaign, Barcelona have scored nine without reply while Getafe only have two goals to their name, so looking at Both Teams to Score and selecting ‘No’ is good value at 2.00 with various bookmakers.
Finally, Lionel Messi is no secret and it’s usually very difficult finding any value when it comes to backing him, but looking at the goalscorer markets and considering the incredible run of form he is in, as well as the fact he has previously scored seven times on this ground, you can still back him as first goalscorer at odds of 3.40, currently with PaddyPower.
Can Barcelona extend their winning run at the start of this La Liga campaign? We eagerly await this matchup in the suburbs on Madrid to find out.