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Getafe-Villarreal PREVIEW

Our last win here was in March 2014.

Getafe CF v Villarreal CF - La Liga
Escriba, when coaching Getafe. That didn’t go well.
Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Villarreal go to the grandly named Coliseum Alfonso Pérez to face Getafe, returned to the Primera after a year in the Segunda wilderness.

Team news for Villarreal is that Jaume Costa has a ‘foot contusion’ and so is not included in the squad. The team is:

Keepers: Barbosa and Cantero.

Defenders: Rukavina, Mario, Pau, Álvaro, Semedo, Víctor Ruiz and Bonera.

Midfielders: Trigueros, Rodrigo, Soriano, Cheryshev, Castillejo and Fornals.

Strikers: Enes Ünal, Bacca, Bakambu and Sansone.

Getafe have several injury woes, including Dani Pacheco, Gaku Shibaski and Yoda, in the team he is not. Getafe’s lone win so far came against Leganés, but they’ve been competitive, losing at home to Barcelona 2-1 and Sevilla 1-0.

Ex-Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita has played well for them so far, but they can’t really afford to get into a shootout with anyone. Coach José Bordalas lines his team up in a 4-2-3-1, and while it’s not worth making a lot of statistical comparisons this early in the season (especially since Getafe have already faced two of the top teams in the league), even against Leganes the azulones had only 40% possession. They will look to score goals from set pieces or from quick breaks, not from possession play.

We could see Jefferson Montero play, he’s on loan from Swansea to them.

Trivia: Getafe’s ground is named for a Spanish international player who had no relationship to Getafe CF at all and never played in the ground. He was born in Getafe, but spent most of his career at Betis.

Prediction: I didn’t get off to a very good start with my forecast, but I’m figuring 1-1. Getafe to score off a set piece, probably, and Villarreal to score off a scramble in the box or rebounded shot, probably. How’s that?