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Barça are going into the final month of 2011 in fine form, as they showed last weekend with a convincing 4-0 win over Zaragoza and then again midweek in the Champions League at the San Siro, beating AC Milan 3-2. But three days after delighting Europe once more, they travel to the ever-complicated Getafe. It's important to maintain the pressure on Real Madrid, who will have played an awkward derby with Atlético Madrid just before.

The Getafe game is one of five for Barça before they go to the Clubs World Cup. After this game, they face Rayo, Levante, Viktoria Plzen and Madrid, all at the Camp Nou apart from the clásico.

Alves and Adriano return

The league champions go into the game with an almost full squad. Adriano was given medical clearance to play on Friday and Alves is back after missing the Milan game through suspension. So the only absentees are Iniesta, who is rested as precautionary measure, and Afellay. Barça B full back Isaac Cuenca completes the squad of twenty.

So once again there is no clear idea what kind of team or format manager Pep Guardiola is going to opt for.

Getafe strong at home

Getafe, meanwhile, have finally got out of the relegation zone, which has had a lot do with their excellent form at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, where they haven't lost since September 18. Manager Luis García will be pleased to have Lopo back, but will have to do without the injured Miguel Torres and the suspended Abdel Barrada.