Real Betis v Getafe – Estadio Benito Villamarín at 15:15 GMT live at Eleven Sports
After beating city rivals Rayo Vallecano 2-1 at the Coliseum last weekend, Getafe head coach Jose Bordalas said fans of the club should be allowed to dream as Los Azulones concluded the week in a Champions League qualification berth.
Goals from Jaime Mata and Jorge Molina gave El Geta a deserved victory and the underrated pair have now bagged 10 goals each for the campaign – no Spaniard has scored more than Getafe’s dynamic duo, whilst only Valencia and Atletico Madrid have conceded fewer La Liga goals.
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 Sevilla tiring, Valencia struggling to turn draws into wins and Alaves expected to fall away.
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 capable of avoiding defeat
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 W10-D9-L4. Impressive.
Sunday’s visitors are therefore too big too ignore at 1.81 with a +0.50 Asian Handicap start, even more so considering their hosts, Real Betis, are looking increasingly vulnerable through a very demanding run of fixtures. With Europa League and Copa del Rey duties thrown in, this will be Betis’ 16th match in 57 days – that’s a game every three-and-a-half days.
Quique Setien’s side ended a five-match winless spell across all competitions last weekend, winning away at Valladolid. The Andalusians travel to Valencia on Thursday having lost out to Rennes in continental competition seven days earlier and there’s legitimate fears of lethargy creeping into the mix.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Getafe +0.50 at 1.810
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.