La Liga Preview: Getafe - Real Madrid
Los Blancos will expect nothing less than three points from their short trip to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez as they look to pull further ahead of Barcelona in the league table
By Karthick Arvinth
Valera, Diaz, Torres, Masilela
Rios, Barrada, Gavilan
Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Coentrao
Ozil, Kaka, Ronaldo
Getafe coach Luis Garcia Plaza will be forced to face free-scoring Real Madrid with a makeshift defence on Saturday, as Rafa is sidelined through injury and Alberto Lopo is suspended.
Further up the pitch, there are major question marks over Michel's fitness, and with Dani Guiza also ruled out through suspension, Miku could play up front on his own against the league leaders.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has returned to normal training after coming off with a muscular problem in Saturday's win over Real Zaragoza, and is likely to feature.
Brazilian left-back Marcelo is definitely out with a hamstring injury, while Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira are highly unlikely to be fit in time for Saturday's clash.
Sergio Ramos returns from suspension and is set to slot in at right-back, with Ricardo Carvalho expected to partner compatriot Pepe in central defence.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Getafe are on a six-game unbeaten run in the league, with four wins in that sequence.
- Miku (pictured) is the capital club's top scorer this season with six goals.
- The Azulones are the only side to have beaten champions Barcelona this campaign.
- Real Madrid have won their last seven away matches in the league.
- Averaging 3.5 goals per game, the Castilian club boast the best attack in the Primera Division.
- Los Blancos have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six league games.
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Top 3 Predictions
Getafe 0-4 Real Madrid
- 16.63 %
Getafe 1-3 Real Madrid
- 14.46 %
Getafe 1-4 Real Madrid
- 13.8 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||22 Sep 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Getafe 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||27 Jan 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Getafe 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||26 Aug 2012||Getafe 2 - Real Madrid 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||4 Feb 2012||Getafe 0 - Real Madrid 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||10 Sep 2011||Real Madrid 4 - Getafe 2|
|7 Dec 2013||Girona FC 1 - Getafe 1||ESPC|
|29 Nov 2013||Getafe 1 - Levante UD 0||LIGA|
|23 Nov 2013||Atlético de Madrid 7 - Getafe 0||LIGA|
|9 Nov 2013||Getafe 1 - Elche 1||LIGA|
|3 Nov 2013||Getafe 0 - Valencia 1||LIGA|
|18||Peter Tsepo Masilela||Defender|
|10||Jaime Gavilán Martínez||Midfielder|
The Venezuelan scored a brace when the two teams met at the Bernabeu earlier in the season. With Guiza suspended this time around, the goalscoring burden again falls squarely on the shoulders of the 26-year-old.
Beset by form and fitness problems since his arrival in the Spanish capital, the mercurial Brazilian is finally beginning to show traces of his old form. Di Maria's injury gives the former AC Milan man the perfect opportunity to get a regular run of games in the team and remind the world what he can do.
Getafe have a solid defensive record at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, with just six goals conceded there so far in the current campaign. However, with the league leaders averaging more than three goals per game, the home side will have their work cut out.
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