Following the international break, everyone is delighted to be moving back to the domestic leagues where there is normally an increase in the standard of quality on show.
Getafe host Real Madrid on Saturday afternoon in a game where they have lost to the Spanish and European champions in the last 3 league meetings at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. In fact, Real Madrid have won each of the last 7 meetings between the sides.
After a stuttering start to the season by Real Madrid, they appear to be steadying the ship of late having won 3 of the last 4 games in the league. That slow start sees Los Merengues currently sitting in 5th position and 7 points behind leaders Barcelona however.
Results wise, Real Madrid have been much more successful on the road so far this season clocking up wins against Deportivo, Real Sociedad and Deportivo Alaves while they dropped points at home to Valencia, Levante and Real Betis.
Should Zidane’s troops manage to beat Getafe on Saturday, they would be the first team ever to win in 13 straight away matches. In the process of doing so, Zidane would overthrow Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona (12) in the process.
In the other side of the tie, Getafe have made a decent start to life back in Spain’s top tier, having been promoted through the play offs during the summer. Jose Bordala’s side currently sit 12th in the table and have collected 8 points from the first 7 games.
A convincing 4-0 victory over Villarreal – a result which ended Fran Escriba’s reign on the east coast – has been the highlight of the season so far from a Getafe perspective. A draw with Celta Vigo before that and a narrow 2-1 loss at home to Barcelona all preceded a disappointing loss to Deportivo before the break.
Real Madrid will be favourites going into Saturday afternoon’s match and rightly so, but Getafe have shown there is enough about them to worry Zidane’s side. Having lost by only 1 goal against both Sevilla and Barcelona, they can certainly keep it tight at the back.
With Real Madrid also facing into a Champions League fixture against Tottenham on Tuesday night, it is expected there will be a number of ‘second string’ players starting for the capital club. Dani Carvajal, Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic and Keylor Navas who got injured on Costa Rica duty are all ruled out of selection for the trip to Getafe also.
Getafe on the other hand will be without former Real Madrid goalkeeper Dani Pacheco, Gaku Shibasaki, Nicolas Gorosito, Jefferson Montero and Kerim Yoda.
Expected line ups
Getafe: Guaita; Suarez, Dakonam, Cala, Antunes; Bergara, Arambarri, Fajr; N’Diaye, Jiminez, Molina
Real Madrid: Casilla; Achraf, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Llorente, Ceballos, Isco; Ronaldo, Lucas, Benzema