Getafe v Atletico Madrid – Coliseum Alfonso Pérez at 17:30 Live at Sky Sports

Getafe moved back into a Europa League qualification spot with a late victory at already-relegated Las Palmas on Sunday. The Madrid minnows were without a number of regulars due to a build-up of injuries and suspensions but Angel Rodriguez netted the winner late on to keep their European dreams alive.

El Geta was under pressure for large swathes of the showdown. Las Palmas rattled the crossbar with their best effort but Jorge Molina hit a shot wide for the visitors and Angel then hit the post late on before the two veteran forwards combined to grab a decisive goal two minutes from time.

The victory saw Los Azulones leapfrog Sevilla into seventh in their first campaign back in the top-flight following promotion under the astute leadership of old-school head coach Jose Bordalas. It also marked the fourth triumph in five unbeaten fixtures for Getafe as they finish the campaign with a flourish.

Getafe’s organization and hard-work

Masters of the dark arts, Bordalas has built a streetwise side that’s capable of mixing it with the best of La Liga. Unlike the majority of Spanish sides, Los Azulones excel in the ugly side of the game; few can match their direct or physical qualities, as well as their outstanding organization and work-rate.

Some pundits have suggested El Geta are nothing more than backstreet bullies on the field but that would be harsh on a team that’s suffered only three losses all season by more than a solitary strike and escaped from the Camp Nou unscathed following a 0-0 draw against champions Barcelona.

If there is one side that mirrors Getafe’s style and approach, it’s probably Saturday night’s guests from the capital, Atletico Madrid. However, Diego Simeone’s side has already guaranteed Champions League football and may look to focus on their Europa League final against Marseille on Wednesday.

Atletico’s attention elsewhere?

Atleti made the request for this match to be played a day earlier to aid preparation and although Marseille had their plea accepted, La Liga authorities refused to sanction a switch due to Getafe being in contention for a top-seven finish, angering Simeone.

The visitors do look to have had an eye on the continental competition in recent weeks, winning just once in their past four outings, notching a solitary strike. And with Atletico suffering three defeats in five on the road – scoring only three goals – they appear well worth opposing at the prices for Saturday night.

Barcelona and Real Madrid squeezed out narrow one-goal triumphs victories at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez this term, but Getafe has already beaten Valencia and Villarreal here so the 1.625 available on the hosts off a scratch 0 Asian Handicap start holds plenty of appeal.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Getafe DNB at 1.625

By @MarkOHaire

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