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Barca return to ground they lost at last season

English.news.cn   2012-09-14 19:24:38            

MADRID, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Saturday night sees FC Barcelona travel to Getafe's Alfonso Perez Coliseum, one of the grounds where they saw the Primera Liga title slip away from them last season.

Barca's 1-0 defeat to Getafe was the moment that their title hopes began to look increasingly slim.

Now Barca travel to Getafe as the leaders of the Primera Liga, with a 100 percent record after three games and just as importantly, a five point lead over Real Madrid.

A win in Getafe would take Tito Vilanova's men eight points clear of Madrid, who do not kick off their game until Barca's match has finished. Vilanova meanwhile will have to watch the game from the stands as he completes the second of a two match ban following his dismissal against Osasuna.

Vilanova has some selection worries ahead of the game, both midfielder Anders Iniesta and winger, Alexis Sanchez returned injured following the international break and are unable to play, while Dani Alves has suffered muscle problems in recent weeks.

Those absences mean Cesc Fabrigas and David Villa could start, while Vilanova will keep faith with new arrival Alex Song.

Meanwhile Carles Puyol could also make a return after the central defender and club captain has spent the past two weeks training with a face mask to protect his broken right cheek.

Getafe will go into the game in good spirits after already having beaten Real Madrid 2-1 this season. Luis Garcia's side has restructured well after losing striker "Miku" to Glasgow Celtic and central defender, Cata Diaz to Atletico Madrid.

Striker Alvaro Vazquez has arrived from Espanyol to cover Miku's loss and will provide mobility alongside the hard-working Adrian Colunga, who appears to be back in favor after spending the second half of last season on loan.

Barcelona will kick off as favorites, but after last season they know that any mistake could be expensive in a small ground where most visiting teams have to work hard for their points.

Editor: znz
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