Barcelona have a tricky-looking trip to Getafe on their agenda in Week 6, made all the more difficult amid suggestions Lionel Messi could be rested for the visit to the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Messi, 33, has hardly had a respite since La Liga resumed in June, and Mundo Deportivo (via Football Espana) reported he could be given a break ahead of the UEFA Champions League restart. The Argentinian was one of the later players at the Camp Nou returning from recent international duty, and Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated just how busy his upcoming schedule looks:
Getafe will fancy their chances of an upset after winning both of their home games so far this season, although a 3-0 loss at Real Sociedad last time out is sure to have dented confidence.
What TV Channel is Getafe-Barcelona on?
Barcelona’s visit to Getafe will be available to watch via beIN Sports at 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream La Liga matches on fuboTV.
Ronald Koeman dropped points for the first time as Barcelona boss just before the international break, drawing 1-1 at home to Sevilla to leave the Blaugrana fifth after their first three games. Getafe are level on points with Barca but have the advantage of having played one game more than the Catalans.
Despite their recent evolution into top-six contenders, Getafe’s record against Barcelona still reads like a club struggling to crack La Liga’s top half. The Madrid outfit has failed to topple this particular opponent in their last 17 meetings across all competitions, most recently beating Barcelona in November 2011.
How to Watch Getafe vs. Barcelona
When: Saturday, October 17
Where: Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Madrid, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Jose Bordalas is fortunate to have no injury concerns ahead of Getafe’s third home match of the campaign, though the same can’t be said for Barca, who are missing a number of notable names.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen remains injured as Neto looks likely to retain his place between the posts, while left-back Jordi Alba won’t be present in defense for the visitors:
Koeman could field Junior Firpo in Alba’s place, although summer recruit Sergino Dest—usually a right-back—also has experience on that side from his time with Ajax.
The new Blaugrana boss faces a dilemma in whether to play Messi ahead of such a congested part of their schedule, testing the faith he has in the rest of his squad to get the job done in Madrid.