Barcelona still have to sweat for La Liga title - Ernesto Valverde

Getafe have three draws in their last three games, picking up nine points in their last six games.

Midfielder Markel Bergara (foot) is the only expected absentee.

As Ernesto Valverde prepares for a busy period that will see his side come up against Chelsea in the Champions League amid a cluster of local fixtures, he might be wary of overworking his stars.

Barcelona are cruising towards the Spanish title, and Getafe are unlikely to halt that march. This is the kind of game that is difficult for us.

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Real Madrid moved back up to third with a comprehensive 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for the first time this season.

Following the draw, they are on 59 points, seven points clear of second place Atletico Madrid. Yes, he does have some fitness issues from the Espanyol game. Pepe Bordalás' team were promoted this season but have been one of the best defensive teams this season. We can't be thinking about the absences of Barcelona and detracting from my team'.

Any fight was shown by their visitors for whom Jonathan Viera was excellent. "We hit the woodwork twice and we dominated most of the game", Valencia coach Marcelino García Toral was quoted as saying by the club's website.

Though the hosts had more than 70 percent possession, Javi Calleja's 4-1-2-1-2 wasn't conducive to opening up a solid Alaves back four.

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Ibai Gomez came on for Hernan Perez in the 69th minute and within two minutes had put Alaves further ahead, thanks to Guidetti's assist.

And Valverde is hoping Dembele, who has not played since January 14, can make an impact.

Despite parading stars like Lionel Messi, Luiz Suarez, new signing Philippe Coutinho and second half introduction of Andres Iniesta and Ousmane Dembele, Barca could not break down a well organised Getafe side. His mid season arrival has rejuvenated a Barcelona setup who were in danger of slipping into complacency having established an almost unassailable lead at the top of La Liga.

Getafe defend well as a unit and will perhaps be able to withstand Barcelona for large durations of the match.

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