Barcelona will play their fourth La Liga game with Ronald Koeman when he travels to Getafe on Saturday at 8pm.


After a dizzying summer that culminated with Lionel Messi pushing the starting gates and Koeman returning to his old club in less than ideal circumstances, the Dutchman has done well to stabilize the boat a bit.


Three unbeaten matches so far are a positive reading, with a 1-1 draw against Sevilla the last time that was the only blemish in Koeman's impeccable start on the Camp Nou bench.


Currently, Barça is fifth in the standings with Getafe just two places behind but tied on points. José Bordalas's men are in good shape, although their record of 15 games without a win against Barça sums up the scale of the task at hand this weekend.


The Catalan club is averaging three goals per game in that streak (dating back to November 2011) and has triumphed in all four of its previous visits to the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum. Will they get five on the lap?






Where to see Getafe vs Barcelona on television:

United Kingdom: LaLigaTV

US: beIN SPORTS


Previous lineups of Getafe and Barcelona:

Getafe (vs Real Sociedad): Soria; Suárez, Djene, Etxeita, Olivera; Nyom, Arambarri Maksimovic, Cucurella; Angel, Hernandez

Barcelona (vs Sevilla): Net; Roberto, Araujo, Piqué, Alba *; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Coutinho, Fati; Messi.

Sergio Dest looks ready to start his first game with Barça, but the right-back could be recruited on the opposite flank, without Koeman being able to summon the injured Jordi Alba or Junior Firpo. Having undergone surgery in August with a knee complication, Marc-Andre ter Stegen is not expected to return for this game, which means that Neto will continue to substitute in his absence.


Players to watch:

Getafe: After being sold by Barça twice, Marc Cucurella will feel like he has something to prove when he takes on his old club this weekend. The versatile midfielder is a product of La Masia but was unable to make the grade at Camp Nou, initially leaving the club for Eibar in 2019 after a fruitful loan period, before Barça made a surprising U-turn and did so. will rehire 16 days later. Despite redoubling his efforts, Barça gave him back on loan last season, where he proved to be a revelation at Getafe. Now a permanent fixture in Madrid, Cucurella can start to gain serious momentum and show his worth.

Barcelona: It was a strange summer for Barça, with many ins and outs, but arguably the biggest question mark this season surrounds a player who was already on the books. Philippe Coutinho spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich after an extremely disappointing season in Catalonia following his major change from Liverpool. Now back at the Camp Nou, the 28-year-old will feel like he has unfinished business and will be determined to deliver on his price promise. A world-class operator in his day, the Brazilian already has one goal and two assists to his name in three La Liga appearances and certainly has the ability to be a catalyst for Koeman this season.

Scoreboard prediction: Getafe 1-3 Barcelona

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