Barcelona vs Getafe, LIVE: Lionel Messi and Co welcome Jose Bordalas’ high-flying side to the Nou Camp in a crunch top-of-the table La Liga clash
- La Liga high-flyers Getafe face Barcelona in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday
- Lionel Messi and Co can level on points with leaders Real Madrid with victory
- BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Piqué, Umtiti, S. Roberto, Jordi Alba, Sergio, Arthur, Messi, Griezmann, F. De Jong, Ansu Fati
- GETAFE: Soria, Nyom, Djene, Etxeita, Olivera, Arabarri, Maksimovic, Etebo, Cucrella, Mata, Molina.
- Getafe can enter the title race and move to within seven of Madrid if they win
- Follow all the build-up and live action from this one right here with Sportsmail
Barcelona welcome Getafe to the Nou Camp on Saturday afternoon in what could prove to be a vital match in the race for the La Liga title.
Quique Setien’s men have slipped up twice in their last five games, allowing high-flying Getafe to creep into the picture for the title – though their chances look slim at present.
Getafe are 10 points behind leaders Real Madrid while Barcelona trail their rivals by three. Lionel Messi and Co will know they will be in a real battle on Saturday against a good, in-form side and cannot afford anything else but a victory while a win for Getafe would not only see them consolidate their Champions League place, but also make it a three-horse race for the title.
It’s sure to be a cracker and here to run you through this one is Sportsmail’s JAMES AYLES. Stick with us for all the build-up and live commentary.
Alba is in tears on the sidelines, a tough watch that.
Almost a disaster for Junior on his first touch as he gives the ball away but Molina takes his time and the substitute gets a block in.
Bordelas is the 23rd Getafe player/staff to be booked this season.
Alba’s suffering is over and young Junior Firpo takes his place.
An impressive seven fouls in the opening 20 minutes for Getafe. They’re not going to be a soft touch here today.
Arthur passes to Alba but it requires Alba to stretch and that is not a good sign.
Bordelas, on his 100th La Liga game as Getafe boss, goes into the book for persistent dissent on the sidelines.
Some issues for Barca, with Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique both seem to be struggling with injury out there.
Alba particularly looks in toruble after tweaking a calf and is set to come off.
Lionel Messi attempts a chip but that is no danger, although it is the first real effort of the match.,
The free-kick is passed around and wasted. Getafe are applying some intense trademark, as has become their trademark.
Plenty happening in the middle of the park so far but both sides are struggling to apply any pressure.
Messi gives the ball away but then wins a free-kick after running into a defender. Frenkie De Jong was chopped down earlier in the move.
Marc Cucurella, the Barca starlet on loan at Getafe, tries to get in down the left but is flagged offside. Bright start from the third-placed visitors who are surprising everyone this season.
Away we go in Catalonia.
Stick with is for all the updates throughout the match.
Soria, Nyom, Djene, Etxeita, Olivera, Arabarri, Maksimovic, Etebo, Cucrella, Mata, Molina. SUBS: Chichizola, Cabaco, Angel, Amath, Devyerson, Timor S.V, Kenedy
BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Piqué, Umtiti, S. Roberto, Jordi Alba, Sergio, Arthur, Messi, Griezmann, F. De Jong, Ansu Fati
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