Eibar v Getafe – Municipal de Ipurua at 11:00 GMT live at Premier Sports
Eibar have firmly established themselves in La Liga after their first season in the league in 2014/15, finishing 10th in 2016/17 and ninth last term, much closer to European qualification than they were to relegation.
Jose Luis Mendilibar remains in situ, continuing to punch the Basque club well beyond its weight. However, the minnows run in the Spanish top-flight come be coming under pressure following a below-par opening stanza. Last weekend’s 4-1 thumping at regional rivals Sociedad left Eibar two points above the drop-zone.
The thrashing at San Sebastian came hot on the heels of consecutive defeats to Real Madrid and Alaves. Los Armeros have now lost eight of their opening 15 fixtures with (harshly) questions beginning to be asked of Mendilibar’s position ahead of a tough run of fixtures before the end of January.
Oppose Eibar at Ipura
Although Eibar have earned three of their four La Liga victories at Ipura this term, the team’s toiling defence and inconsistent attack make Los Armeros easily opposed on Sunday morning against streetwise Getafe. In fact, the +0.25 Asian Handicap start on the visitors looks to be the best bet in Spain this weekend at 1.70.
The selection pays out profit should Getafe avoid defeat – we would earn a half-stakes pay-out if the game ends all-square, a full-stakes winner is rewarded should the capital club take top honours in the Basque Country.
Eibar rank inside the bottom five across a range of major performance data metrics, compared to the top-half Getafe. With the guests giving up fewer than 4.20 shots from inside the box on average per-game, opportunities will be limited for Mendilibar’s men in forward areas making a home success unlikely.
Getafe devilishly difficult to beat
Getafe head coach Jose Bordalas is in only his third season as a La Liga boss despite coaching for over 25 years. When he took over, Los Azulones were second bottom of the second division, but they went up, finished eighth and are now operating in the Europa League, as well as consolidating in the top-flight.
Bordalas is credited as being an intelligent, analytical and exceptionally demanding boss and the side he sets-up are defined by solidity and solidarity. El Geta are tough, aggressive, direct, and every member of the squad are clear about their role in the team and what’s being asked.
There are no stars – this is a side built around a team ethic and it’s working an absolute treat. Los Azulones have lost only 25/91 (27%) of games since promotion – 15 of which came against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico, Valencia or Sevilla. Against the best of the rest, Getafe have lost only 10/67 (15%).
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Getafe +0.25 at 1.700
Preview by: MarkOHaire.
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