Okay, now that Unai Emery has given us all the chance to sneer at Newcastle United and hold our heads aloft in superiority after their failed attempt to take our manager, it’s time to actually apply that good feeling to winning a football match. We’re in 13th, though our chances created and conceded suggests we should be more like 9th, but in either case we just have not been good enough for the level of players we have available. Underlying numbers suggest we create better than average chances, we simply do not create enough of them, and I for one put this on the fact that we are far to reliant on our wingers creatively. The idea seems to be to move the ball slowly up the field in the middle, push it out to Yeremi and Danjuma, and hope they do something impressive.
Getafe are dead last in La Liga and seem almost sure to go down. They are absolutely dreadful following the departure of Jose Bordalas to Valencia. That said, they did just get their first win of the season, meaning they have only one less La Liga win than we do.
We’ve actually beaten Getafe the last four times we’ve played them, which is remarkable to me given how often we drew people last season. Hopefully that is a run that can continue. Getafe have failed to score in 8 of their last 11 matches in the Valencian community and as you can probably guess have only won one match in that time. Despite their woes, Enes Unal is actually having a pretty good season for them, and he and *checks notes* Sandro Ramirez lead their team in goals.
We are slowly but surely getting healthy, but it’s high time we actually put a comprehensive league performance together again. This is an opportunity for a palate cleansing scoreline against doomed opposition, but they will not just lay down for us. It is essential that we hit them hard and fast and take any thoughts of a good day out of their mind as soon as possible.
I, for one, would like to see Yeremi get a rest in this one. He’s wonderful, but I think he’s looked really fatiqued in recent matches, really ever since the last international break.
Our prediction algorithm had us as heavy favorites in this one and I agree. 3-1 Villarreal.