Getafe vs Barcelona: Dembele starts

first_imgBarcelona play their first match of 2019 when they take on Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday.The Catalan club ended 2018 with four straight wins in La Liga , and now aim to continue that form after the winter break.Getafe, meanwhile, sit in seventh, one place higher than their final position last term, and are four games unbeaten in the league. They fell to respective 2-0 defeats against the two Madrid clubs earlier in the season however, and will be in for a tough evening against the Spanish champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Azulones did scrap for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou 11 months ago but they lost the home fixture 2-1 against Barca last season.  Game Getafe vs Barcelona Date Sunday, January 6 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Getafe squad Goalkeepers Soria, Chichizola, Yanez Defenders Djene, Miquel, Gonzalez, Cabrera, Antunes, Suarez, Foulquier Midfielders Bergara, Flamini, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Shibasaki, Cristoforo, Saiz, Portillo, Ndiaye, Alejo, Ibanez,  Forwards Mata, Rodriguez, Guardiola, Molina The hosts are without Amath Ndiaye for the remainder of the season and Markel Bergara is sidelined with a fractured arm. Confirmed Getafe XI: Soria; Suarez, Antunes, Cabrera, Antunes; Foulquier, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Portillo; Mata, Molina. Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Vermaelen, Murillo Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Barca are missing Thomas Vermaelen, Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti through injury, but Ernesto Valverde does have new signing Jeison Murillo available.Sergio Busquets has returned to training but faced a late fitness test and did not make the XI.Confirmed Barcelona XI:  Ter Stegen; Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Robert; Vidal, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Dembele, Suarez.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are the favourites with  bet365  who rate the Catalans’ chances at 2/5. Getafe meanwhile are 13/2 to win, while a draw is priced at 4/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Ernesto Valverde BarcelonaThe goalless draw at Camp Nou last term came as a shock and it was one of only three league games the champions failed to win at home during the whole season. Unsurprisingly, Barca have shown strong form again this year and finished 2018 on the top of the table, three points ahead of Atletico Madrid. They have been the highest scoring team in La Liga by a distance so far, netting 48 times in 17 games – 18 more than any other side.But Getafe have the second best defensive record in the Spanish top flight having conceded just 13 times, a record only beaten by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, so this could be one of the sterner tests for Barcelona’s forwards.Ahead of the game, Valverde said: “We suffered to beat them in Getafe last season and were unable to score when we met them at home. They’re a side who are pressing high up the pitch and doing so with great conviction. Their position in the table says it all.”That suggests Barca are not taking their hosts lightly as they aim to ward off pressure from Atletico at the top of the table.Both sides will feature in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey in mid-week, but don’t expect either set of players to be distracted when they go head-to-head this evening.last_img

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