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Dan Burke

Gerard Piqué benched but Yerra Mina makes first Barça start


Gerard Piqué has been given a well deserved rest as Barcelona take on Getafe in La Liga on Sunday.

The central defender has been struggling with a knee injury of late and after he played the full 90 minutes in Barça’s Copa del Rey victory over Valencia on Thursday, Ernesto Valverde had hinted he wasn’t willing to risk the 31-year-old for a second successive game.

But Piqué’s absence is good news for Colombian international Yerry Mina, who makes his first Blaugrana start since joining from Palmeiras in January.

Elsewhere, after scoring his first goal for the club at the Mestalla, Philippe Coutinho is back in the starting line-up at Camp Nou, while Sergi Roberto comes in at right-back for Nélson Semedo, who is on the bench.

Here are the two starting XIs in full…

Barcelona have won each of their last four meetings with Getafe, scoring 16 goals and conceding just once along the way.

And José Bordalás’s side have not won a single one of their 12 visits to Camp Nou, with the only point in their last seven trips coming in May 2014.

In fact, the Azulones have lost their last six away games against teams from Catalunya, without registering a single goal in any of them.

Barcelona v Getafe will perhaps always be best remembered for Lionel Messi’s incredible Maradona-esque goal in this fixture back in 2007. What chance of some more Messi magic on Sunday?

The La Liga leaders are currently on a 29-match unbeaten run in the league. If they avoid defeat against Getafe and next week against Eibar, they will match their longest unbeaten run in the competition – set in 2011 while Pep Guardiola was still manager.