After defeating Espanyol last weekend, Real Madrid is closing in on another La Liga title. Zinedine Zidane’s team is now on top of the La Liga standings and with six matches left to play, they are one point up in Barcelona.
Next up for the Los Blancos will be a showdown against Getafe on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Santiago Bernabeu. Getafe is currently in 5th place and holds a one-point lead over Villareal in the race for what could be the final Champions League spot if the Manchester City ban is upheld. They are also five points behind Sevilla for the 4th spot.
The game will be aired live via beIN SPORTS at 4:00 p.m.
Real Madrid is on top of the La Liga table with 71 points from 21 wins, 8 draws, and 3 losses. They are currently one point ahead of second-place Barcelona. Because they also own the head-to-head advantage over Barca, they will have to slip up twice for their rivals to lift the trophy.
In their last assignment, Real Madrid picked up a 1-0 win over bottom team Espanyol. Karim Benzema delivered an assist to Casimero who scored a goal in the 45th minute. The Los Blancos have now won all five of their games since the restart and have not allowed more than one goal in those matches.
Karim Benzema leads Real Madrid with a total of 17 goals scored. Sergio Ramos has found the back of the net eight times while Casemiro has four goals scored this term. Benzema is also the team leader in assists with a total of seven on the year while Toni Kroos has five assists and four goals. Federico Valverde has two goals scored and five assists for Real Madrid.
The Los Blancos are the best defensive team in Spain with only 21 goals conceded this season. They are the 2nd best scoring team overall at 60 goals scored this season. They rank 2nd in passing at 45 assists per game while their goal difference of +39 is the highest in Spain.
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/01/2020
Getafe currently sits in fifth place with 52 points from a record of 14 wins, 10 draws, and 8 losses. They are five points behind Sevilla for the 4th spot and outright entry to the Champions League. Getafe is also trying to hold off 6th place Villareal who are just one point behind them in the team standings.
In their previous match, Getafe finally got their first win since the resumption of the La Liga season as they beat Real Sociedad 2-1. The home team scored first behind a Jamie Mata penalty in the 20th minute but Adnan Januzaj tied up the score in the 55th minute. Mata scored again the 83rd minute to give Getafe the lead for good.
Mata leads the team with a total of 11 goals this season. Angel Rodriguez is the second-best goal scorer with a total of 10 goals scored while Jorge Molina has netted five times. Defender Marc Cucurella leads the team with five assists while Damian Suarez and Jason each have four assists for Getafe.
Getafe has scored a total of 42 goals this season, 7th best in Spain. They own the 4th best scoring defense in La Liga with a total of 30 goals scored. Getafe is also ranked 7th in passing with a total of 30 assists this term. Their goal difference of +12 is tied for fourth place in the Spanish top flight.
These teams have met 29 times before and it is Real Madrid who holds a commanding 21-3-5 advantage. The Los Blancos won the reverse fixture 3-0 in early January 2020 and the last time Getafe defeated Real Madrid was in August 2012.
Real Madrid has the second-best home record in Spain and is undefeated at 12-4-0 with 40 points. Getafe is the 5th best road club in the La Liga at 6-4-5 and 22 points.
Vinicius Junior could be recalled to the Real starting lineup after he was used as a substitute against Espanyol. With Isco expected to drop out of the team, Eden Hazard may switch to the right flank to accommodate the Brazilian. Ferland Mendy and Luka Modric are back from suspension and they could replace Marcelo and Federico Valverde if Zidane decides to change his lineup.
Jose Bordalas could stick with the team that started in the win over Real Sociedad. Jorge Molina contributed an assist after coming off the bench but despite a great effort, he is expected to remain among the replacements. Djene Dakonam is expected to return to action after a one-game suspension. However, Eric Cabaco and Filip Manolijovic are still out due to injuries.
Getafe is the toughest test for Real Madrid since the resumption of action. However, the extra rest should be beneficial for them. Given that the Los Blancos are well-rested here, Zidane’s men should be able to pick up a solid win over Getafe.
Prediction: Real Madrid (-256)
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/01/2020
Real Madrid has scored an average of 2 goals per game in their last 16 home matches in the Spanish La Liga. Meanwhile, Getafe has scored an average of 1 goal in their last 15 away matches in the Spanish top flight. Both these teams play solid defense and are in the Top 4 in goals conceded this season. Real Madrid has conceded just two goals in their five games played since the resumption of action. I think we will be watching a good defensive effort from both sides but Real Madrid’s quality should be enough to give them another victory here.
Prediction: Under 2.5 (+100)