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By ESPN Staff

La Liga: Barca return to scene of 'fright night'

MADRID, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Barcelona return to the ground where they suffered their most humiliating defeat of last season, when they face a resurgent Getafe in the Primera Liga on Saturday.

The modest side from the capital, who were coached by Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster at the time, looked dead and buried at 5-2 down from the first leg of their King's Cup semi-final back in May.

However, they staged a stirring comeback in the Coliseum beating a complacent Barca 4-0 to earn their first final appearance.

'We'll see if we can give them another fright in the Coliseum,' Getafe's Argentina goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri told reporters.

'It would be nice to put on another performance like that one but I would be delighted if it was just a normal game... where we got a positive result for ourselves.'

Getafe, now coached by Michael Laudrup, have recovered from a dreadful start to the campaign by winning three of their last four games, to drag themselves up to 15th in the standings.

Second-placed Barca's away form has been patchy with only one win from five.

Leaders Real Madrid, on 25 points, saw their lead cut to one point when they lost 2-0 at Sevilla last time round, and their goalless draw away to Olympiakos Piraeus in the Champions League on Tuesday did little to raise morale.

But they have a 100 percent record in the Bernabeu where they host ninth-place Real Mallorca on Sunday.

Third-placed Villarreal, on 24 points, receive Sevilla in a fascinating clash between two of the form teams of the moment.

Manuel Pellegrini's side came from two-down to beat Atletico Madrid 4-3 in a thriller last weekend, and saw off Barca 3-1 three weeks ago.

Sevilla seem to have found a fresh lease of life under new coach Manolo Jimenez and have claimed the scalps of Real and Valencia in recent games. They lie 10th with 15 points and a game in hand.

Valencia are only four points off the top in fourth place but appear to be in disarray after a tumultuous few days.

The sacking of coach Quique Sanchez Flores, humbling defeats to Real and Sevilla, and twice to Rosenborg in the Champions League, leave new boss Ronald Koeman with a lot to do.

His side are at home to promoted Real Murcia on Saturday, where restless supporters will expect an improvement on Tuesday's poor showing against unfancied Rosenborg, when they lucky not to lose by more than 2-0.