After their fine win over Sevilla, the Andalucians will hope to enjoy similar success against los Azulones...
Almeria’s poor campaign enjoyed a rare high point last weekend, when the Andalucian side travelled to near neighbours Sevilla and chalked up a comprehensive 3-1 victory. Now out of the relegation zone, Jose Luis Oltra will hope to lead his side to further success against a Getafe side who seem to have hit something of a purple patch recently.
It was a night to remember at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for Almeria in Round 15 of Primera Division action. Led by the irrepressible Pablo Piatti, whose form was simply brilliant, they outplayed their hosts and ran out easy winners. A fine brace from the Argentine was preceded by an effort from Fabian Vargas that finally got Oltra his first win in charge of his new side.
“These three points are very important and can hopefully serve as a turning point in our season,” the former Tenerife coach asserted. “This result does not mean that everything has changed, but it will strengthen, and encourage us, and we also have to think about the next match against Getafe, and achieving a victory at home.”
The Estadio del Mediterraneo has yet to witness a home win this season, making Almeria the only club in Spain’s top division to have failed to record maximum points in front of their supporters. By the same token, the southerners have been tough to beat at the venue, racking up five draws and only suffering two losses.
Without wins, however, Almeria won’t pull away from the drop zone. They badly need three points on Sunday.
On A Roll
In mid-November, Getafe were a club with questions being raised about their abilities. Coach Michel had seen them lose four matches from five in the league, ceding their place in continental competition at the same time. There has since been a dramatic transformation and el Geta have now earned three straight league successes.
This hat-trick of wins enjoyed by the Madrid side has not been against poor sides either. Even allowing for Sevilla’s recent slump in form, it was no mean feat to go to Andalucia to win 3-1, while home victories over Mallorca and Villarreal were also scalps of note, particularly as no goals were conceded in the process of picking up six points, not to mention the fact that they played the majority of the fixture against the Yellow Submarine with only 10 men.
“The team is good,” Michel told Goal.com in an interview this week. “We’ve had a great year and we are very excited at how we are performing this year. We are in a good position, hopefully on Sunday we get another good result, and we can move forward.”
Even in continental competition, Getafe have maintained their positive streak. Despite being eliminated going into the final round of fixtures, a goal from Adrian Sardinero helped los Azulones to a 1-0 success over Young Boys on Thursday evening.
El Geta’s momentum is almost wholly positive, and they’ll be hopeful of maintaining it against opponents on the up themselves.
Marcelo Silva is back for the Andalucians, but this is one of the few pieces of good news they’ve received this week.
Juanma Ortiz may miss out because of a hamstring issue and Hernan Bernadello is unlikely to return either. Michel, Miguel Angel Nieto and Hernan Pellerano are definitely out.
Mario Alvarez is a long-term issue for the Madrid side, who aren’t expected to be missing any further players due to injury. Juan Albin and Cata Diaz are both banned.