UPDATE: For streams, check the comments. Endavant!
Finally, a nearly-full squad is at Pellegrini's beck and call for the home match against Getafe. Not that it should be easy, as Getafe have managed an away draw with Barcelona and a home 3-1 drubbing of Real Madrid over the last two weeks. They are coming in on a stunning show of form, and are going to be full of motivation, as they sit only four points off of European placement as midseason approaches.
Getafe have a nearly full squad for the match. The most notable injury is that of striker Manu del Moral. It looks like they will also be without defender David Belenguer. Long-term injuries include keeper Oscar Ustari and defender Franck Signorino.
Villarreal and Pellegrini are busy taking a deep breath as almost a full squad returns to health, reinforcing the team as they are approaching an unbelieveable run of matches. Diego Godin, Marcos Senna, Robert Pires, Cani, and Guille Franco are all back for the match. Add to that last week's return of Nihat, and suddenly the next five matches (Getafe, @Sevilla, Barcelona, @Madrid, @Valencia) are only incredibly daunting, rather than overwhelmingly so.
Even with the return of Franco, American fans will be very happy when they turn on the television and see Jozy Altidore (or, as he is known in Vila-Real, "Toro") in the starting lineup for the Yellow Submarine. Pellegrini was very impressed with his performance against Recreativo Huelva last week, and has rewarded him with another start. In the last two weeks, Jozy has been told he will be staying with Villarreal (as opposed to being loaned out) for the rest of the season, and he got his first Liga start. This is only a few weeks after he scored his first European goal against Bilbao. Things are looking up for the young American striker, which can only mean good things for his chances on the national squad. Add this to the fact that he will be starting next to American-born Gisueppe Rossi, and the US ties are overflowing in the squad. New Jersey, take pride!
Pellegrini has left Franco, Cygan and Edmilson out of his squad for the match. The called players include:
Keepers: Diego López and Viera.
Defenders: Javi Venta, Ángel, Gonzalo, Godín, Fuentes and Capdevila.
Midfielders: Senna, Bruno, Eguren, Cani, Ibagaza, Cazorla, Matías Fernández and Pires.
Forwards: Rossi, Altidore and Nihat.
I can't say enough - it is so nice to finally have so many quality players available again. A regular defensive back line, a strong midfield - it just makes you smile. Here is my predicted starting lineup:
Ángel - Gonzalo - Godín - Capdevila
Cazorla - Senna - Eguren - Pires
Rossi - Altidore
Prediction: As I posted earlier, I am expecting Villarreal to give Getafe the same type of 3-1 thrashing they gave to Madrid last week. Nihat scored 4 in two matches last year versus Getafe, I am expecting him to continue his form when he comes on with 20 or so minutes left in the match. I can't wait to watch Jozy get the start from the beginning. Is it time for his second goal? Perhaps. Rossi needs to get back on the scoring sheet so his brief cooldown does not become a problem. Again, the match is on GolTV at 2pm eastern, so enjoy!