Real Madrid make the short trip to their inter-city rivals Getafe looking to boost what hopes they have of a second placed finish in La Liga. Getafe on the other hand, are having a phenomenal season as they currently occupy the last Champions League spot, something they could have only dreamed of at the start of the season.
Getafe could have only dreamed of a season like the one they’re having, but they won’t get carried away as they still have to play both Real and Barca in their final five matches. With the other three vs teams in the bottom half, they really do have a chance of taking that final Champions League spot.
Real Madrid have won the last ten matches head to head vs Getafe, but the home side will be filled with more confidence than ever of causing an upset against the struggling Real Madrid. After walking over Sevilla on the weekend and cementing themselves in the top four, Getafe will be on such a high going into their last five matches.
Real Madrid on the other hand have been rejuvenated by the return of Zinedine Zidane and the sudden spike in form of Karim Benzema. Since Zidane rejoined Los Blancos, they’ve picked up just one less point than bitter rivals Barcelona. Karim Benzema has had a season of ups and downs under Lopetgui and Solari, in recent matches he’s single handedly carried the team, scoring each of Madrid’s last eight goals.
Getafe will be without Djene Dakonam after his sending-off vs Sevilla, this meaning that Damian Suarez may return at right back for the clash vs Real Madrid. Getafe have really relied on a tight defence throughout the season; however they will be hoping that either Jaime Mata or Jorge Molina can add to their joint tally of 27 goals this season.
Club captain and enforcer Sergio Ramos has suffered with a hamstring injury for a couple of weeks, he may be in line for a recall to the starting line up. However Jesus Vallejo has impressed Zidane in recent matches and this may convince Zidane not to risk Ramos in this clash.
Real Madrid have had an extra day to prepare for this fixture and this may cause Zidane to name the same team which started last time out against Bilbao. However both Thibaut Courtois and Mariano Diaz returning to full training, may change Zidane’s starting lineup. Zidane is still unlikely to recall Isco and Gareth Bale to the starting lineup after both sat on the substitute bench for the 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.
I’m confident of a busy match this Thursday, with both teams still having a lot to play for going into their last five matches. You can get Both Teams to Score (1.66), with Real Madrid having such a potent attack and a shaky defence, I see goals being high on the agenda come Thursday night.
As I mentioned earlier, Karim Benzema has found a very rich vein of form recently and I’m backing it to continue. You can get the Frenchman to score anytime (2.3) and first goalscorer (4.5), he’s scored all eight of Madrid’s last goals and I’m hoping this continues.
Jorge Molina has been in great form for Getafe as of recent, bagging two against Sevilla and another against Valladolid off the bench. You can get him to score anytime (3.4), this is a big price for someone coming up against such a shaky defense.
Both Teams to Score @ 1.66
Benzema Anytime Goalscorer @ 2.3
Jorge Molina Anytime Goalscorer @ 3.4