Getafe vs Barcelona: 3 Key Points to decide victory

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Getafe host Barcelona in the early Saturday kick-off looking to knock the Catalans completely out of their stride, whilst the Blaugrana aim for a result which allows them to keep pace with leaders Real Madrid.

The "other" team in Madrid, Getafe, have a habit of springing surprises and were it not for a nine-minute Pedro hat-trick in this fixture last season, the home side would've been out of sight by half-time.

On that occasion, it appeared that the visitors had taken their hosts a little too lightly and were already two goals down before Pedro's remarkable intervention.

Let's take a look at three things which could shape the outcome of this one...

Home advantage = no advantage

For one of the less well supported teams in the league, you might have expected the board of Getafe to come up with certain initiatives on ticket pricing.

A full, and vocal, Coliseum Alfonso Perez would be quite the intimidating atmosphere for Barca, Real Madrid and the like. Yet a steadfast refusal to lower the price of tickets, and indeed raise them for a visit by one of the big boys, often means that less than half of the ground is populated.

The recent visit of Eibar brought things into even sharper focus. A base ticket price for that fixture of €30 saw an almost empty stadium greet the players. Hardly the sort of scenario to strike fear into Luis Enrique and his side.

Form of Luis Suarez

The Uruguayan may not have registered on the score sheet in La Liga to this point, but it's not for the want of trying. Woodwork has been rattled on multiple occasions and opposition keepers have kept the ball out by the smallest of margins.

A goal against PSG will have given Suarez a lift, and if he continues to get into the right positions, then it won't be too long before we see the Suarez of Liverpool vintage and a glut of goals.

As it is, he already has seven assists to his name so there is no doubting his work-rate for the team.

Enrique's rotation

Luis Enrique continues to rotate his side, and you have to say that it's becoming more of a habit as opposed to a a necessity.

The manager hasn't played the same side for two consecutive games all season long and whilst there is obvious merit in rotation every so often, surely the keys to success is a settled side? Rotation for rotation's sake benefits no one.

Furthermore, Lucho still doesn't appear to know his best formation, as his selections against PSG proved.

That must be a worry as we head toward the Christmas break...

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