Spanish giants Barcelona are having a pretty strong season in the La Liga so far. But they are also lucky that arch-rivals Real Madrid are under-performing and have not threatened them yet. Barcelona will now have a tricky task coming their way on Sunday when they will be hosted by Getafe. Getafe are enjoying a pretty solid season so far and are sitting right outside the top-six spots.
Date/Time: 1-6-2019, 14:45 EST
Spread: Barcelona -1.25
Total: 3 Goals
Getafe (6-4-7) were not very good in their previous match where they split the points in a 1-1 away draw against Girona. After a goal-less first half they took the lead at the 61st minute but their opponents pulled even at the 85th minute for the final 1-1. Getafe entered the winter break in pretty solid form as they were undefeated in their last six matches in all competitions (3-0-3). Getafe are now sitting at the 7th spot of the league table with 25 points, having scored 18 goals so far while conceding 13 in the process, which is actually the 2nd best defense in the league. They are one point behind Betis and the top-six spots that grant entrance to the European competitions next season. Getafe have not been anything special at home so far (4-3-1) where they have won four of their last five. Moreover, just two of their nine home matches in all competitions have had Over 2.5 Goals.
On the other hand, Barcelona (11-2-4) are coming off a pretty comfortable 0-2 win at home against Celta before the break. Dembele took the lead at the 10th minute and Messi doubled that at the 45th in a very strong first half. That was their second consecutive win and sixth in their last seven. Moreover, they are undefeated in their last eight matches in all competitions (6-0-2) and have kept four clean sheets in the process. Barcelona are still sitting at the top of the La Liga with 37 points, three ahead of Atletico Madrid. They have by far the best offense in the league with 48 goals and the 5th best defense with 19 conceded. Barca also have the best away record in the league (5-1-2) with 18 goals so far, against 7 conceded. They also have three wins and a draw in other competitions and have scored in all their away matches.
Barcelona won by 2-1 in this venue last season but were stuck at a goal-less draw at home in the other match. They have been great in this match-up lately (10-0-3) and have lost just once in this venue in the past decade (8-1-1). Three of the last four matches between the two in this venue featured Under 2.5 Goals.
Getafe have been really solid this season and have been quite hard to beat at home. But having to fend off Barcelona is one of their biggest challenges this season. This doesn’t look like an easy match for either team, so I will go with the Under 3 Goals here.
La Liga Getafe vs Barcelona Prediction: Under 3 Goals (-122)
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