VALENCIA, February 25 (Primera Liga) - Valencia defender Fabio Aurelio hopes Barcelona's midweek Champions League exertions will help his side close in on the leaders at the top of the Primera Liga.
Second-placed Valencia are one of the form teams in Spain and could extend their unbeaten run to 14 games with a victory over misfiring Getafe at the Mestalla on Sunday.
Barcelona's recent wobble has seen the gap at the top narrowed to just six points.
And after a gruelling 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday, Aurelio hopes a further slip-up is on the cards for Barca as they face Real Zaragoza, the team that knocked them out of the Copa del Rey.
``We hope Barcelona go all the way in the Champions League because it is in our interest they succeed,'' Aurelio said.
``Of course we have to do our job properly on Sunday but we hope they are feeling tired after their efforts in the Champions League during the week.
``The team's morale is very high because we haven't lost for a while now,'' added the Brazilian full-back.
``We are at home in front of our own fans so are confident we can keep the run going against Getafe.''
The game has special significance for Valencia coach Quique Sanchez Flores as he faces the club he left at the end of last season.
Sanchez Flores' side came from behind to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 last weekend and have shown few signs of missing some of their star players who have been out injured.
Argentinian defender Roberto Ayala, midfielders Vicente and Edu, and strikers Patrick Kluivert and Mista have all been missing recently, but luckily for them Spain striker David Villa has been in prolific form.
Villa is the league's second highest scorer behind Barca's Samuel Eto'o with 15 goals, so Getafe are all too aware of the threat posed by the 24-year-old.
``We will give Villa the attention he deserves because his ability to score goals is no secret,'' said Getafe's Argentinian defender Anibal Matellan.
``He scored against us earlier this season and is Valencia's most potent weapon. We will have to be alert for the whole 90 minutes.''
The Madrid club, who are 11th, have struggled recently and have only won once in seven league outings. They were turned over 3-0 by local rivals Atletico Madrid 3-0 last weekend.
``It happens in all teams that you have off periods,'' said defender Ruben Pulido.
``We are not worried about our position but are well aware we need to start collecting points again soon, and Valencia is as good a place as any to make that happen.''
Getafe coach Bernd Schuster has forwards Ivan Riki and Jaime Gavilan out injured, and is expected to replace goalkeeper Juan Calatayud with Luis Garcia.