Getafe vs. Real Madrid 1/4/20 Spanish LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
1/4/20 10 am
Over 2.5 (-110), Under 2.5 (-110)
Getafe is welcoming Real Madrid to Coliseum Alfonso Perez in part of round 19 if Spanish LaLiga.
Getafe is a solid team, but nobody expected them to be in the top 6 in LaLiga halfway through the season. With 30 points, 26 scored goals, and only 17 conceded goals, Getafe is in 6th place of LaLiga standings, just 2 points away from fourth place, last spot that leads into Champions League next season. Getafe has lost only 1 of their last 9 games both in LaLiga and in the Europa League. In their last LaLiga match against Villareal away from home, Getafe had 36% of ball possession, 0 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and low 57% of accurate passes. This wasn’t a good game for Getafe, and they lost this match 1-0. Getafe is playing well offensively, and they scored 26 goals in 18 games in LaLiga and 8 of those were scored by Rodriguez, and 5 by Mata. Bergara is the only injured player and he will not be in the lineup for this match. This Christmas break was perfect for Getafe because a few injured players have recovered which will give coach Bordalas more options and more depth on the bench. The defense has been the strongest part of the team for Getafe this season, and if they manage to keep it on the same level for the rest of the season, Getafe will stay in the top 6, maybe even in the top 4 with a bit of good luck.
Real Madrid has been winning games, but they weren’t as convincing and consistent in their soccer style. Real is in second place in LaLiga with 37 points, 2 points behind Barcelona at the top. Real Madrid has tied their last 3 games in LaLiga and were able to score only 1 goal in those games, while also conceding only 1 goal. With 33 scored goals in 18 games, Real is the second-best attacking team in LaLiga behind Barcelona, while they conceded only 12 goals which makes them the second-best defensive team in Spain. In the Champion League, Real Madrid will play versus Manchester City in the first round of knockouts and I expect this to be a very fun matchup. In their latest LaLiga clash versus Athletic Bilbao at home, Real Madrid was the better team with 69% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, and high 90% of the correct passes. It was a solid game for Real Madrid, but their offense wasn’t clicking, and that in combination with Athletic’s good defense in this match cost Real Madrid precious 2 points. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. Benzema has been the best player and the leading goal scorer for Real Madrid so far with 12 goals and 5 assists. Asensio, Vazquez, Marcelo, and Real Madrid’s biggest buy of the summer, Eden Hazard are all injured and will not be playing. Hazard is one player that coach Zidane is certainly missing in his lineup because he brings another dimension to Real’s game and would be a great support to Benzema in the attacking part of the game. Real Madrid has plenty of young talent like Vinicius Junior, Jovic, Diaz, Valverde, Rodrygo, and Militao who are the future of this team. After years of falling behind Barcelona in LaLiga very early in the season, Real is finally keeping up with Barcelona halfway through the season and it looks like it’s going to be an interesting second half of LaLiga.
Getafe hasn’t won any of their last 5 home games against Real Madrid, while the latest one ended in a 0-0 draw. Getafe is 5-3-1 at home this season, while Real Madrid is 4-4-1 away from home. It’s to know how the team will react after not playing a competitive game for 2 weeks, but Real Madrid is the better team here and I don’t think they will tie 4 games in a row in LaLiga.