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Mar 11, 2016

It feels like a lifetime ago since Barcelona last tasted defeat in La Liga, with the 2-1 reverse at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium against Sevilla in October coming at a time when Luis Enrique’s side were experiencing a minor wobble. Lionel Messi was always likely to be a big miss for us when a knee injury ruled the 2015 Ballon d’Or winner out for two months, with Barcelona enduring a poor run of two defeats in three games; an unconvincing 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp against newly-promoted Las Palmas was sandwiched in between a heavy 4-1 loss at Celta Vigo and the defeat at Sevilla.

Both results could have signaled the beginning of an unexpected downfall following the huge success of last season, but instead it galvanised Barcelona to truly step up their game and start a superb unbeaten run that has been blessed by world class performances as every opponent has been swept aside with ominous ease. It has led many to label the current side as one of the best to ever wear the famous blue and red shirt, particularly with a front three in Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar who unquestionably form the most fearsome attack in world football that have scored an incredible 100 goals between them. Coral have already installed Barcelona as comprehensive odds-on favourite to make their eight point lead count in the race for the La Liga title, with struggling Getafe standing between them and a 37th league game without defeat this weekend.

Facing a team that are currently just one point above the relegation zone and have lost six of their last seven league fixtures makes Barcelona strong favourites to extend their La Liga record and set a benchmark for other teams to try and match. Surpassing the previous record of thirty-four games unbeaten is a superb achievement in anyone’s eyes, but it has been made all the sweeter by the fact that Barcelona surpassed the total set by Real Madrid during the 1988/89 season. Getting the league title wrapped up may enable Barcelona to focus their efforts firmly on retaining their Champions League crown – something that has not been achieved since the great AC Milan side in 1989 and 1990. It would be a wonderful achievement in the modern day era when so many great teams grace Europe’s most prestigious club competition, but we must focus on remaining professional and getting the job done in La Liga without little, or any, hiccups.

Certain players would be forgiven for having one eye on keeping themselves injury-free and in good form ahead of the upcoming European Championship in France, with Vincente del Bosque’s Spain squad likely to contain a number of Barcelona players who have shone this season. The latest Euro 2016 betting odds with Coral would suggest that Spain are regarded as strong favourites to come home from France victorious, and while other nations such as England will be asking themselves “can they do better than ’96?”, Spain will be looking to make unprecedented history by becoming the first nation to win three consecutive European Championships. However, complacency is something that Luis Enrique can not allow to set in, particularly with Barcelona fighting on numerous fronts and looking to keep their long unbeaten record intact.

Traveling to the Nou Camp will be the last thing that Getafe need given their current predicament, but although they can probably approach the game with no fear and give it a go, you cannot help feel that there are plenty of goals in it for Barcelona if they approach the game in the right manner and break the visitors down early. Being patient and picking their way through a defensive wall when the opportunity arises will be key, although it is not exactly a position that Barcelona are not used to against teams, particularly in the bottom half, that come to the Nou Camp. The visitors will also arrive in the knowledge that they have never won at Barcelona in thirteen previous attempts, and if our fearsome front three click into gear like they have done throughout our marvelous unbeaten run, then both records are likely to be extended come the full time whistle on Saturday.

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