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Getafe vs Barca Betting Odds – Barca will put away pesky Getafe

Posted by Todd Shale on 2/4/2010 2:36:59 PM

Soccer Odds: Pick Barca -650

Online betting players don’t think of Getafe being much of a thorn in Barcelona’s side, but a big victory in 2007 has given them confidence each time they go up against the league leaders. Barca will host Getafe on Saturday in what should be a tricky match for them, and it won’t be a rout in typical Barca style, but instead, they’ll grit out a narrow victory at home

Getafe vs Barca Betting Odds – Barca -650; Getafe +1300; Draw +550

WHAT: Soccer betting
WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2:00 PM ET
WHERE: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

KEY STAT: Barca has won five and drawn three of their last 10 against Getafe


The Storyline: Getafe vs Barca Betting Odds
After almost getting relegated last year, Getafe has shot up the table and are challenging for a place in the UEFA Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup) as they sit in seventh place. They’re 21 points behind first-place Barcelona, who have won their last five overall matches by a combined score of 14-0. Barca has won five and drawn three of their last 10 meetings in this matchup, but Getafe fans will always remember the 4-0 drubbing they gave Barca in the Copa del Rey in 2007.

Offensive Matchups: Getafe vs Barca Betting Odds
Getafe is eighth in the league in scoring, but they haven’t scored in three matches, since a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid on January 24th. Roberto Soldado is their leading scorer with 10 goals, and he’s been held off the sheet for five matches now. Getafe needs to start getting more goals from midfield if they’re going to keep their European dreams alive.
Barca has scored three goals or more in three of their last five matches, spearheaded by Lionel Messi, who has three goals in three games. However, he needs to get some help from strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who has just one goal in his last eight matches, and Thierry Henry has just two goals in 12 matches after netting 19 last year. If Messi were to go down, Barca would be in trouble.

Betting Edge:
Barca

Defensive Matchups: Getafe vs Barca Betting Odds
Getafe’s sportsbook hopes hinge on their defensive play, because they know they’re not going to outscore the likes of Barca and Real Madrid. They’ve managed to go through this season with a tandem of Jordi Codina and Oscar Ustari in between the sticks, while Daniel Diaz and Mane are the leaders of the defense. Getafe has allowed more than one goal only twice in their last 10 matches.
For all of Barca’s attacking brilliance, the defense is underrated, with stalwarts like keeper Victor Valdes and captain Carlos Puyol leading the way. Dani Alves and Gerard Pique have also had good seasons for Barca, who are on a streak of five consecutive clean sheets.

Betting Edge:
Barca

Notable Injuries: Getafe vs Barca Betting Odds
Jamie Gavilan (undisclosed) and Adrian Gonzalez (undisclosed) are both unlikely to feature in this match, but both midfielders have been underwhelming this season anyway.
Seydou Keita (undisclosed) and Alves (undisclosed) are both questionable for this match.

Betting Edge:
Draw

Totals: Getafe vs Barca Betting Odds
Seven of the last 10 between these two have gone under the posted total, and given Getafe’s current scoring woes combined with a tight Barca defense, Getafe aren’t likely to score much, if at all. Barca has scored 26 of their 50 league goals at the Camp Nou, but outside of Messi, no one has been consistent up front.

Pick:
Under 3.5

Betting Prediction: Getafe vs Barca Betting Odds
Getafe has held their own in the Camp Nou lately, taking away two draws in their last two trips there. They’ll need to be at their best again, as Barca is 8-1-0 at home this year. Look for Getafe to spend most of the day defending and trying to get out on the counterattack through Soldado, but Barca are the kings of the counterattack and should be able to sniff it out. Offensively, Barca has a knack of getting key goals at the Camp Nou, so look for an unlikely goal-scorer to lift the home team to victory. A draw looks nice, but Barca is rolling right now.

Todd’s Pick: Barca -675

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