Getafe CF and FC Barcelona will face each other this Sunday, May 15, at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in a match corresponding to matchday 37 of LaLiga Santander. A draw would be enough for the Blaugrana club to certify the second place in the classification, a result that can also be worth the azulones to consummate the permanence in the First Division.
The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in Getafe and will be seen live on Movistar LaLiga. You can also follow minute by minute on the La Vanguardia website.
Barça is very close to confirming its League runner-up position. The tiebreaker criteria favor the Blaugrana team over Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla, the only two teams that can still equal their score with two games to go before the end of the season. A single draw could be enough to secure second place and reach the last day with the homework done.
Although it sounds contradictory, Xavi Hernández's players will have the advantage of playing outside the Camp Nou. Although they have lost three of the last five duels in front of their fans, away from home they have not known defeat since December 8, 2021, when Bayern Munich knocked out Barça from the Champions League 3-0. In the national championship, the last setback as a visitor dates back to October 27. On that occasion, Rayo Vallecano took the three points at stake by the minimum (1-0), a score that led to the dismissal of Ronald Koeman at the head of the culé bench.
For its part, Getafe will arrive on Sunday immersed in the fight for permanence. At the moment, it occupies the fifteenth position, with a five-point advantage over Mallorca, the first entity that aspires to leave the relegation zone. However, the azulones start with an advantage in their particular duel against the vermilion, after drawing in the Balearic Islands and winning in Madrid. A single point would also serve to continue one more year in the highest division of Spanish football.
Aware of the need to score points, Quique Sánchez Flores's pupils have been wearing overalls for weeks. One win and three draws have followed one another since Villarreal conquered the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (1-2). Practically a month of unbeaten performance can make the difference in the realization of their destiny, but the last dots still need to be tied up. “The season is getting long. We have had many games with tremendous anxiety, ”acknowledged the Azulón coach at the end of the midweek game against Osasuna (1-1).
In the first round match played in Barcelona, Barça showed off their efficiency and took a hard-fought 2-1 victory. The two goals for the Blaugrana team, courtesy of Sergi Roberto and Memphis, came from their only two shots in The whole game. However, the last visit of the Catalans to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez was not exactly pleasant. On October 17, 2020, Getafe took the cat to the water thanks to a goal by Jaime Mata from the penalty spot, already in the second half.