Getafe vs Barcelona predictions for Sunday’s La Liga fixture. Barca will begin their title defence with a trip to face Getafe as their 2023/24 La Liga campaign gets going. Will the Catalans start strongly? Read on for our free match preview and betting tips.
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Getafe vs Barcelona Predictions
La Liga’s Heavyweights Barcelona Begin Their Title Defence against Resilient Getafe
– Getafe finished 15th for three consecutive seasons after impressive runs in 2018 and 2020.
– Robert Lewandowski netted 33 goals across all competitions in the 2022-23 season.
The football fever returns with La Liga’s champions Barcelona kickstarting their title defence against Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez this Sunday. Under the mentorship of Xavi, Barcelona effortlessly outperformed their arch-rivals Real Madrid last season, holding a commendable 10-point lead.
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Getafe, on the other hand, barely scraped through to maintain their position in the top flight, finishing 15th for the third consecutive time – a surprising dip in performance for a team that held the 5th and 8th positions not too long ago.
Getafe’s Summer Transfers and Pre-Season
Jose Bordalas’s boys were busy in the transfer market, adding flair and strength to their lineup. Notable additions include Omar Alderete, Gaston Alvarez, and Portu. But with the exits of talents like Munir El Haddadi, the team will be boasting a revamped look. Their pre-season endeavours were largely successful, with 4 out of 6 wins. Their latest 4-1 triumph over Vitesse certainly promises a spirited performance in the upcoming matches.
Barcelona’s Roster Updates and Pre-Season Performance
Financial constraints didn’t deter Barcelona from bolstering their squad, with prominent names like Ilkay Gundogan and Oriol Romeu making their way to Camp Nou. However, the anticipated transfer of Ousmane Dembele to PSG, coupled with the departures of key players like Franck Kessie and Jordi Alba, calls for immediate reinforcements, especially in the attacking department.
Their pre-season run was commendable, with a notable 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, and a dominant 3-0 win against Real Madrid. Yet, their past confrontations with Getafe haven’t been easy. A couple of goalless encounters and a narrow 1-0 win last season testify to Getafe’s resilience.
Team Lineups and Key Players
For Getafe, injuries will keep Mauro Arambarri and Luis Milla away, but the team isn’t short on talent. Newcomers Alderete and Portu might be seen in action, while Juanmi Latasa is expected to lead the front alongside Portu and Jaime Mata.
Barcelona, despite injury concerns for Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen, will have a strong lineup. The new addition, Gundogan, is expected to take centre stage in midfield, while all eyes will be on Robert Lewandowski, the top scorer from the previous season, who netted 33 goals.
Players to Watch:
- Getafe: Enes Ünal – The top-performing forward with an average BettingTips4You Expert Rating of 7.13 and 14 goals last season.
- Barcelona: Robert Lewandowski – A consistent performer, with an impressive BettingTips4You Expert Rating of 7.33 and 23 goals in the last La Liga.
- Match Outcome Prediction: Given the contrasting forms, a win for Barcelona seems likely. But Getafe’s recent bolstered squad and Barcelona’s financial constraints, combined with Getafe’s sturdy defence in previous encounters, point towards a draw which looks extremely valuable.
- Correct Score Prediction: Barcelona’s aggressive playstyle might breach Getafe’s defence, but not too frequently. Predicting a 1-1 scoreline.
- Goalscorer Prediction: The spotlight is undoubtedly on Robert Lewandowski. Given his stupendous form last season and his crucial role in Barcelona’s attacking play, betting on him to score seems logical.
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