Villarreal v Getafe – El Madrigal at 11:00 Live at Sky Sports
A little over a year ago Getafe was second bottom of the Segunda, Spain’s second division. That’s not a major deal that’s spent the majority of its history playing in the third-tier.
Fast forward to today and the Madrid minnows occupy ninth position in La Liga and are just two points adrift of a European qualification position. It’s been a remarkable shift, brought about by workaholic head coach Jose Bordalas.
The abrasive boss has previously brought Alaves back into the top-flight after a 10-year absence but was unceremoniously dumped before being given an opportunity to manage in La Liga. Recently relegated Getafe picked up Bordalas and the out-spoken supremo slowly built a small empire at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Los Azulones style is uncompromising. It wins few hearts from neutrals but what it lacks in aesthetics, is made up for by work rate. Following a familiar path, Getafe has aimed to out-run, out-fight and out-maneuver La Liga sides to varying degrees of success. They’re an uncomfortable test that few teams have relished playing against since promotion.
The side from southern Madrid is perched just inside the top-half following a run of three La Liga defeats in 16. And although the majority of their best performances have come on home soil, Bordalas’ boys have been devilishly difficult to beat on their travels, coming out fighting on every occasion.
Getafe no easy meat
The raw numbers show Getafe have W1-D6-L4 on their travels but just once have they lost by two goals or more and Los Azulones have proven themselves well adept at frustrating their more illustrious opposition, most noticeably Barcelona just a fortnight ago.
The capital club recorded a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou, becoming the first team to stop Barcelona scoring a league goal for 449 days. In fact, Getafe was so well organized, they didn’t allow the Catalans a single shot at goal in the first-half!
Only Eibar and Real Madrid face fewer shots-per-game than Los Azulones and they’ve already recorded a draw at Sevilla and beaten Sunday’s opposition Villarreal 4-0 in the reverse encounter this season. Masters of the dark arts, Getafe won’t allow Villarreal to run amok on Sunday morning.
Villarreal vulnerable favorites
Villarreal is normally a strong operator when welcoming La Liga’s lesser lights to their Estadio de la Ceramica home although their recent schedule will work against the Yellow Submarine here. The hosts are in Europa League action against Lyon on Thursday before being given the early kick-off slot on Sunday.
Javier Calleja’s charges have failed to secure victories in their last three fixtures immediately after Europa League action and have managed to keep only three domestic clean sheets since early November.
Villarreal was unjustly beaten at home by Alaves in their last La Liga outing here and having sealed only two triumphs in six on home soil in the league since early November, it’s worth keeping Getafe onside on the Asian Handicap line where +0.75 is available at 1.81.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Getafe 0.75 at 1.806
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