Barcelona v Getafe, Tues 20:00
The choice of tactics deployed by Pep Guardiola in recent weeks look to have worked a treat after Real Madrid stumbled to their third draw in five games over the weekend, providing Barcelona with another chance to catch up on their league leading opposition, as Paddy Power now offer shortening odds on the side from the Nou Camp to lift the La Liga title.
The Catalan giants will now host Getafe this week just four points off Real, and with Los Blancos facing Atletico Madrid in this week’s Capital Derby, Guardiola can hope to catch up even more.
The Spaniard disassociated his team from retaining the La Liga championship, insisting that his side “will not win the title” on numerous occasions.
Whether it may have affected Jose Mourinho or his players worse, it’s not up for discussion that the once well-oiled Real Madrid machine is showing late signs of rust, making for a very interesting run-in in these final weeks of the Spanish campaign.
Barça on the other hand have showed no marks of slowing as of yet and continue to enjoy a hefty winning streak, now nine matches strong.
The defending Primera Liga champions have sacrificed just two points at home and if there were any place you could be assured that the Catalan giants would prove triumphant, it would be at the Camp Nou.
Getafe coach Luis García Plaza will be fully aware that his men are travelling to the strongest home side in the Spanish top flight but with a top half finish looking likely, El Geta will be hopeful of making a late dash for European qualification.
The Madrid outfit are just one point off sixth spot and providing the likes of Sevilla, Espanyol, Malaga, Osasuna and Atletico Madrid can give up points, Europa League football is still a firm possibility for next season.
However, Barcelona are still the in-form side in Spanish football and have showed the resolve in recent weeks worthy of a league championship side.
They are likely go through the fixture without Dani Alves who is doubtful, and should to be replaced by youngster Martin Montoya, who came on for the Brazilian as a substitute against Real Zaragoza.