The club from the suburbs of Madrid aim to put an end to the poor run that saw them lose last three home games to their more illustrious opponents. Los Blancos have yet to record a win this season, so no doubt they will be very motivated to restore some of the lost confidence before the Super Cup return leg against Barcelona.
Not the best of starts for Getafe
Getafe have established themselves as genuine mid table side over the years and nobody was surprised to see them achieve 11-th place finish last season. The team have since stayed without important players Cata Diaz, Pedro Rios and Francisco Casquero, while in came Angel Lafita, David Abraham and Xavi Torres, making sure there is enough quality in the squad for another push for the top half finish. The club chiefs have done a great piece of business by making Pedro Leon’s loan deal from Real Madrid permanent, but the highly rated midfielder is ineligible to face his former club under the terms of the agreement. Los Azulones started the campaign with a 2-1 defeat away to Sevilla, but they produced a good performance against one of La Liga’s top sides, which can give them confidence before the clash with Real. With plenty of quality up front, Getafe will give their best to score against Real Madrid and having scored 6 goals in last 5 games against los Blancos they can be trusted to get past Iker Casillas on at least one occasion.
Pedro Leon is ineligible to face los Blancos, while another former Real Madrid player Pablo Sarabia is doubtful through injury. Abdel Barrada and Xavi Torres are expected to start.
Indifferent start for Real
Last season hinted that Real Madrid could be on the way to upstage Barcelona on both domestic and European stage, and los Blancos seem to have been that convinced in the quality of their squad that they failed to make any major signings this summer. The Spanish giants did attempt to bring Luka Modric from Tottenham, but that transfer is till on hold. Fernando Gago and Hamit Altintop both left, while Nuri Sahin agreed a season-long loan with Liverpool earlier today. As far as team’s showings at the start of the new campaign are concerned, these have been far from impressive, with the goalless draw against Valencia followed by the 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Super Cup first leg. It is for that reason that los Merengues will be very motivated against Getafe as third straight match without a victory would simply be too much for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Centre-back Pepe returns to the side after recovering from a concussion, while Angel Di Maria and Marcelo should both start. It remains to be see whether Benzema will be allowed to continue in attack.
Getafe are not the sort of team that would park the bus in front of their own box, as witnessed by their six scored goals in last five games against Real. With los Merengues desperately searching for a victory, we could easily see goals galore at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Our prediction: Both teams to score
Odds: 1.91 (10/11)
Bookmaker: Stan James