La Liga returns after a Winter break, and Zinedine Zidane’s title challengers travel to Getafe to take on a side on a strong run of form themselves
Getafe v Real Madrid – La Liga
Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Perez
Kick Off: 15:00
TV Channel: Premier Sports
As both sides come into the game refreshed from the Winter Break, Real Madrid will be looking to kick on at the top of La Liga, but traveling to high flying Getafe in 6th, victory is by no means guaranteed, and Zidane’s side will be in for a tough game.
Real Madrid sit two points off the top of La Liga after three consecutive draws, and have stuttered in recent games, particularly in front of goal, with only one goal to show for the three draws. Karim Benzema is top scorer with 13 goals, but after the French striker, Sergio Ramos is next top with three. Coming up against one of the best defences in the league in Getafe, it will be a tough ask for Madrid to break down a Getafe side happy to concede possession to the opposition and utilise the counter and long balls up to the centre forwards, showcased by their average possession of 45.7%, and pass success rate of 61.9%.
Although struggling for goals themselves in recent weeks, Madrid’s defence has been the best this season in La Liga, only conceding 12 goals, but Sergio Ramos’ absence through suspension will be a miss for Zidane’s side. Despite this, Raphael Varane and Eder Militao are well placed to guard against the threat that Getafe pose, with Mata and Molina up front for Getafe a more physical threat than pacy. As a result, Real Madrid will be able to play a high line as they enjoy doing so, and look to break down their opposition by dominating for long periods. Toni Kroos will be key, and trying to keep the German midfielder quiet will hold the key for Jose Bordalas’ side.
The game should be a tight, tactical affair, as many of Real Madrid’s games are, and Zidane will be hoping his side can show they cutting edge they have often lacked in recent weeks to break down a tough, defensive Getafe unit.
Getafe are without Djene and Mathias Olivera through suspension. Amath N’Diaye, Markel Bergara and Kenedy all miss out through injury.
Eden Hazard and Marcos Asensio have been ruled out for Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos is out through suspension.
Head to Head:
Getafe Wins: 4
Real Madrid Wins: 18
Getafe are winless in their last 11 league meetings with Real Madrid
However, Getafe have only lost one of their last 14 home La Liga games
Getafe have received a league high 58 yellow cards this season
Getafe Last 5: W W W W L
Real Madrid Last 5: W W D D D
When considering the attacking worries Real Madrid have had recently, and the defensive records of both sides, the immediate stand out is to oppose the goal markets for this game. Available at 20/23, Under 2.5 goals stands out, with both sides seeing an xGa of under a goal per game, highlighting their defensive strengths. Real are struggling for goals from elsewhere than Karim Benzema, whilst Getafe have only seen an xG going forward of 20.91, and with a tight, packed Getafe defence expected on Saturday, it may be a tough ask for Zidane’s side to break them down.
Real Madrid will need to be patient in trying to break down the Getafe side, and it would be no surprise to see them having to wait until the second half to see the breakthrough. Getafe will be keen to keep it tight early on, and look to ease themselves into the game, and there may be an element of rustiness in both sides after a couple of weeks off. Real should still have enough to see their opposition off, and priced at 4/1, the Draw HT/Real FT takes appeal.