Getafe vs Atletico Madrid by Jimeno
Getafe couldn't do much more in their defeat away from home 3:0 against Malaga last weekend. It was third consecutive defeat for them, but this time the team really looked poor, as they got outplayed in first fourty-five minutes conceding all three goals, in 9th via Juanpi, in 23rd Atsu and in 43rd via Charles for the final 3:0 defeat, while they tried to respond in the second half but didn't do anything except having meaningless ball possession.
Previous defeats came at home against Athletic Bilbao and on the road against Granada, as the team now slipped down to thirteenth position, just five points above the relegation zone. European dreams are probably finished for them this season and the side will just want to avoid any further complication regarding their Primera status, relying much more on their home performances (21 points earned in comparison to only five away from home). Hosts should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Scepovic as number nine. Juan Cala is back and available after serving suspension and he will be playing as a defender from the start. Midfielder Mehdi Lacen (20/0) is suspended and should be covered by Alvaro Medran. Left full back Alvaro Pereira is one game only into a long-term suspension. Other left back, Roberto Lago (15/0) is doubtful for this one.
Atletico Madrid got back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats, defeating Eibar 3:1 at home last Saturday evening. They were better from the first minute, but weren't that concrete in the first halftime, while the side entered the repetition poorly and conceded the goal in 46th minute via Keko. However, they responded strongly from that moment on and reverted the scoreline in next fifteen minutes, thanks to goals from Gimenez and Niguez, while Torres sealed the final result in first minute of additional time.
They didn't win in previous two matches so the team slipped down to third position, still being in a title race since they have three points less than Barcelona and two points difference to second Real Madrid, but a game in hand in comparison to the team from Madrid. Previous games were against Barcelona and Sevilla, so it's not much of a surprise that they got just a point, however now will look to get back on winning track in consecutive matches as soon as possible. Atletico Madrid will be playing in their usual 4-4-2 formation, most likely with Torres and Griezmann as strikers. Midfielder Tiago (13/1) is injured, same as midfielder Augusto Fernandez (15/1) and defensive midfielder Thomas Partey (8/1). Tannic Carrasco (offensive midfielder) is doubtful, but with every chance to be ready on time. Defensive four Juanfran, Diego Godin and Filipe Luis all return from suspension.
Getafe has lost last three consecutive matches in La Liga and I don't see them bouncing back to positive ways here. They needed just two goals in previous four games and against fresh defensive lineup from visiting side, they'll have even less chances to stay competitive during ninety minutes.