After a late gut-wrenching loss at La Romareda, Luís Garcia's Getafe visit El Madrigal for a Monday-nighter. Not for the first time, LFP in their infinite wisdom schedules a late kick-off in Vila-real. I doubt LFP has a more important objective in their charter than making it as difficult as possible for the fans to go watch their favorite teams in the stadium.
Thankfully, Villarreal president Fernando Roig isnt nearly as bad. Realizing the importance of have as many people as possible at El Madrigal, the club has announced 'popular prices'. A ticket to Villarreal x Getafe could cost you anywhere between 4-8 euros. Nice gesture. Despite that, I doubt the El Madrigal will be house-full on a Monday night at 9pm.
Listen to a quick audio preview of the game by Sid & Ravi
Getafe, like Villarreal had a bad start to the season. They had a brief resurgence after that but since then are back to their old form. Getafe hasnt won in their last 5 games. Villarreal hasnt won in their last 3 games
Villarreal have an impressive record vs Getafe at home. Villarreal are 6-1-0 (W-D-L) against Getafe at home. Having said that, the games between these two teams tend to be entertaining affairs.
Getafe is in 15th on 29 points and Villarreal is in 17th on 27 points. Villarreal will need to win this one to steer clear of the relegation zone. Villarreal have been unbeaten at home league play for the past 5 months. It is an incredible stat considering how inconsistent this team has been through the season. But they have always been good at home. The problem is away from home where they have 6 points from 13 games, one of the worst away records in La Liga.
Left-back Joan Oriol will be out for Villarreal for one more week. This means Villarreal B's Jaume Costa will get another start. He is included in the squad for Villarreal B's visit to Nástic today but the Getafe game isnt until 9pm on Monday so he has more than the mandated 48 hours between games.
Both Marco Ruben and Martinuccio are set to be fit for the game. The presence of Ruben in the squad is very important because he adds the extra edge to the Villarreal attack. Something that the team sorely missed at Romareda in the first half where they should have score at least 1-2 more goals and buried the game.
There are no significant injury worries for Luís Garcia's side. Dani Güiza, the forgotten Spanish super-sub of Euro 2008 has been playing well in the 2nd half of the season after doing absolutely nothing in the first half of the season. Miku and Diego Castro have contributed a lot to the mid-season resurgence of Getafe.
We might see one of those rare La Liga games where both teams start with two upfront.
Coping with Miku and Güiza
It will be a big challenge for the shaky Villarreal defence to defend the two tall and intelligent strikers of Getafe. Miku is the top-scorer for Getafe. Gonzalo and Zapata will likely start. I expect one of these two to try and pull both the central defenders of Villarreal to create space for the other as well as for the impressive Abdel Barrada on the right wing. Diego Castro could start in place of Güiza, in which case Getafe will line-up in 4-2-3-1
Senna and Bruno will have their task cut-out vs Casquero, Michel and Gavilan/Castro. Especially if Bruno is pulled into defending one of the two strikers. Abdel on the right side will keep Jaume Costa honest. Juan Valera at right-back also tends to feature in the attack quite a bit. The play on the left flank of Villarreal could be entertaining.
Ruben/Martinuccio vs Cata Diaz & Alexis
Cata Diaz is a tough defender but Alexis is prone to errors. Ruben will relish the physical battle with Diaz. If Nilmar starts, it is imperative that Villarreal midfielders play the ball early to him because neither Alexis nor Diaz has the pace to keep up with the Brazilian.
Lopez; COsta-Gonzalo-Zapata-Ángel; Bruno-Senna; Cani-Borja; Ruben-Martinuccio
Moya; Valera-Díaz-Alexis-Mané; Barrada-Michel-Casquero-Gavilán; Güiza-Miku
I am so bad at this. I am not predicting anymore :)
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