Barcelona will face Getafe on Sunday in an attempt to start the international break on a strong note.

FC Barcelona failed to capitalize on Real Madrid's win over Levante last weekend, drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao. They will be hoping for a change of fortune when they host Getafe at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Barcelona won 4-2 against Real Sociedad in their last home match. As the club tries to live without Lionel Messi's services this season, Ronald Koeman should be hoping for similar results.

Fortunately for them, it appears like there is still a lot of business to be done, with Bernardo Silva surfacing as a possibility as the transfer season draws to a close. Koeman, on the other hand, will be focused on the forthcoming game against Getafe, which might be difficult given that they lost 1-0 to the same opponent last season in an away match.

Barca, on the other hand, was in command the last time these two teams played, winning a convincing 5-2 victory at Camp Nou in April. Not to mention, Getafe has lost back-to-back games to Valencia and Sevilla to start the season.

Los Azules will face Elche and Rayo Vallecano following the international break, so a game against Barcelona should be the end of a difficult schedule. Nonetheless, Michel's side will be eager to take at least a point from this match, knowing that it will go a long way toward boosting morale ahead of the international break.


We'll take a deeper look at these two sides at The Hard Tackle before of their match at Nou Camp this weekend.

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Barcelona will be without a number of players against Getafe. While the impending international break should allow several of their players to rest, they will be without them this weekend, with Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele, and Gerard Pique among those on the list.

Following a torn muscle injury, Pique was just ruled out. He joins Eric Garcia on the sidelines, who has been suspended following a red card against Athletic Bilbao. It should compel Koeman to play Ronald Araujo alongside Clement Lenglet at center-back, as the Dutchman has no other suitable options.

With two of Barcelona's primary central defenders injured, the team will need to strike the proper defensive balance. Sergio Dest and Jordi Alba are the favorites to start in the wide defensive roles, but Emerson's defensive prowess may push him ahead of Dest.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has returned to the squad, is expected to replace Neto in goal on Sunday. This weekend, the Barcelona backline must be alert against the Getafe onslaught. In the holding midfield position, Sergio Busquets' ability to screen the defense will be crucial.

Sergi Roberto, who is coming in for Pedri, who has been allowed a break after a demanding 2020/21 season, could provide additional assistance to the aging Spaniard. With his moves and ability to camp himself in the opposition half, Roberto could form part of the Barcelona midfield with Busquets and Frenkie de Jong, who remains the creative unit's catalyst in the final third.

De Jong's presence in the final third will allow players like Antoine Griezmann and Memphis Depay to link up nicely, providing them another passing option. It'll be intriguing to see how the attackers perform against Martin Braithwaite, who could start centrally or out wide depending on the game circumstances.

Griezmann may play further back to support the midfielders during the defensive phases, with the Dane joining Depay in the first line of push. In any case, without Messi to make a difference, all of these players must work harder to assist one another if they are to have any chance of winning.

ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, de Jong; Griezmann, Depay, Braithwaite; 


Getafe, unlike Barcelona, will not be missing many players and will likely stick to their tried-and-true 4-4-2 formation, which has proven to be effective against large teams.
Enes Unal and an ex-La Masia prodigy, Sandro Ramirez, will be in charge of leading the line and, more significantly, acting as the first line of press. They'll want to put pressure on Barca's ball-carriers so they can't construct play out of the back.

Carles Alena, another La Masia alumnus, and Vitoto, the wide forwards in the second line of the press, could either attack the Barca midfielders as a false eight or merely operate narrowly, preventing the full-backs from dominating the game by making overlapping runs out wide.

On the other side, the central midfield duo of Nemanja Maksimovic and Mauro Arambarri is responsible for providing stability in the middle of the park. They might also be crucial on the counter, finding attackers behind the Barcelona defense with their passes.

Finally, Getafe's defense corps will be without Marc Cucurella, another ex-Barcelona player. As a result, they'll have to remain with Damian Suarez and Mathias Olivera at fullback, in the hopes of providing additional defensive coverage for Stefan Mitrovic and captain Djene Dakonam.

Soria; Suarez, Dakonam, Mitrovic, Olivera; Alena, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Vitolo; Ramirez, Unal; Ramirez, Unal

Barcelona is expected to win 2-0. Getafe

Barcelona is still a work in progress under Ronald Koeman, and with so many key players out, this might be a much closer game than it appears. The hosts, on the other hand, may have just enough quality to pull them over the line against a Getafe team that has a dismal record against the Catalans away from home.