A classic relegation six-pointer will see Real Zaragoza play host to Getafe in what should be a very evenly matched encounter. Both side sit just above the relegation zone following some poor results of late, but a victory in this match would make them forget all their worries.
Must-win game for Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza have been playing way below their potential this term since this team obviously have the quality for a mid table finish but they are now fighting for their lives. Things have improved a bit when former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre took over in November, but Zaragoza have been unable to leave the danger zone and they are still involved in the relegation dogfight. Los Blanquillos have shown a massive improvement in their home showings, having beaten Athletic Bilbao at Romareda before trashing Valencia 4:0 at the same ground, and they are now looking to continue the great home run against struggling Getafe. Zaragoza boast a very good defence and an excellent midfield area, but the lack of a true goalscorer has been the main problem this term, although players like Gabi, Bertolo and Herrera are shipping in with goals from midfield.
Matteo Contini and Jiri Jarosik miss out through injury and suspension respectively, meaning that Paulo Da Silva and Maurizio Lanzaro will form the defensive partnership.
Getafe in big problems
Getafe’s performances have taken a turn for the worse ever since their impressive start of the season, with Michel’s side winning just one of their last fifteen games in all competitions. That has seen them slip into the danger zone and Getafe players admit to feeling scared for the outcome of the season. Los Azulones largely struggle on the travels, and having picked up just two points from last five away games, they don’t have much to hope for before the trip to Zaragoza. Getafe players are really low on confidence following the dismal run of results, while they are also under extreme pressure as they did not expect to enter the relegation fight after such a good start of the season. La Romareda is not an easy ground to play at, so I definitely wouldn’t be surprised if los Azulones return home empty-handed.
Adrian Colunga returns to the side after recovering from injury, while Derek Boateng is also back.
Real Zaragoza have been very convincing at home of late and they definitely have enough quality to continue the impressive run at La Romareda. Getafe are in big problems at the moment and they largely struggle away from home, so my advice is to back Zaragoza here.
Our prediction: Home win
Odds: 2.10 (11/10)