Getafe v Alaves – Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 18:00 GMT+1
Getafe boss Jose Bordalas hit the headlines this week after criticising Spanish culture and suggesting that those who carry the national flag are labelled as ‘fascists’ in his home country.
The highly-rated coach was responding to a question in an interview with El Mundo, in which he was asked why so few football personalities appeared to be political, with Pep Guardiola – who supports Catalan independence from Spain – the exception.
Bordalas will be hoping attention can quickly be turned towards on-field action with Getafe searching for their first La Liga victory of the season this weekend when Alaves arrive. Los Azulones were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Madrid in their opener before sharing the points with Athletic Bilbao last weekend 1-1.
Getafe’s supremo said, “we lacked football” after their most recent encounter and is eager for his side to show a little more flair in the final-third. Robust, organised and resolute at the back, the Madrid minnows are awkward opponents at the best of times with Jaime Mata and Jorge Molina offering offensive threat.
Bordalas led the group into Europe after a remarkable campaign in 2018/19 that was built on consistently strong displays at their Coliseum Alfonso Perez home. Indeed, since returning to the top-flight, Getafe have delivered a 51% win rate here, which improves to 65% when entertaining bottom-half La Liga clubs.
If Getafe are hoping for a little more excitement in attack, Alaves most definitely come under the same bracket. The Basques sneaked a 1-0 success over Levante before playing out a dour 0-0 draw with Espanyol last weekend as Asier Garitano looks to consolidate the club following Abelardo’s departure in the summer.
Every metric imaginable metric points towards two dreadfully dull matches but El Glorioso supporters will be aware that tougher tasks await, particularly on the road. Alaves were beaten in 10 (53%) away trips last term and look likely to see that record enhance on Saturday afternoon in the Spanish capital.
However, a more appealing play could be to support Over 1.75 Goals at 1.81. Of course, such a selection would go against the early evidence surrounding these two teams, but there’s plenty of fact to oppose the current narrative and get behind a goal-filled game at the Coliseum.
For starters, 14/20 (70%) of Getafe’s home games against bottom-half dwellers have delivered at least two goals, whilst 15 (79%) of Alaves’s away days last season produced Over 1.5 Goals profit. Considering only two goals are required to make money from this bet, it makes sense to side with a low total being beaten.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 1.75 Goals at 1.810
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.