Getafe v Leganes – Coliseum Alfonso Pérez at 12:00 GMT live at Sky Sports
Getafe head coach Jose Bordalas has said fans of the capital club should be allowed to dream as Los Azulones look to cement their place in the Champions League qualification spots. The Madrid minnows return from the international break in fourth, two points clear of their nearest challengers Alaves.
The club with the third smallest average attendance, the sixth smallest salary limit and a starting XI that cost only €4.2m have continually upset the odds and are now in prime position to finish in the top-four with Alaves expected to drop off, Sevilla tiring, and Valencia having a six-point deficit to make up.
La Liga Player Analysis: Getafe’s fullback Vitorino Antunes.
Returning to action on Saturday lunchtime, Getafe know maximum points in their derby data against Leganes at the Coliseum could prove crucial in their quest for Champions League football. Win and Los Azulones are five points clear of the chasing pack with the pressure firmly on the challengers this weekend.
It’s an amazing story, particularly when you consider Bordalas is in only his second season as a La Liga season despite coaching for over 25 years. When he took over, Getafe were second bottom of the second division, but they went up, finished eighth in their first season and are now best of the rest.
Getafe of picking up a positive result
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 six times this term – four of which came against the league’s Big Three – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico. Indeed, Getafe’s record against the rest is W12-D10-L2. Impressive.
The hosts are therefore well worth supporting at 2.00 with a -0.50 Asian Handicap hurdle on Saturday. Getafe have W8-D1-L2 at the Coliseum when excluding Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and that home record should hold Bordalas’ boys in good stead against poor travellers Leganes.
Leganes have lost nine of their 14 road trips, scoring only 10 goals. It’s 22 defeats in 33 games as La Liga guests since the start of last season – failing to score in 17 of those outings – and Los Pepineros also lost key Morrocan forward Youssef En-Nesyri to injury during the international break.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Getafe -0.50 at 2.000
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.