Getafe vs Real Madrid: Match preview

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Real Madrid came back from behind for the second time in two weeks to secure a victory against Las Palmas. Now, the men in white travel for the midweek fixture, to the other side of Madrid to take on Getafe.

Match details

Date: Thursday, 1st February 2024
Competition: La Liga
Matchday: 22
Time: 22:00 CEST
Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez

Match preview

Real Madrid came back from behind and secured 3 important points against Las Palmas, thanks to goals from Vinícius and substitute Aurelien Tchouaméni.

The victory was important in the race to the La Liga title as Girona also won their match against Celta Vigo. However, the men in white have an advantage over the Catalans as they have a game in hand.

Jude Bellingham’s absence was not felt much as the team went past Las Palmas despite a scare. However, The Englishman has been named in the squad for this fixture.

Next up, they face Getafe, who sit at 10th with 21 points. Defensively, the team has been average, conceding 28 goals and coincidentally also scoring 28 goals in the league so far.

Exactly half of those goals have been scored by former Madrid man, Borja Mayoral who has been in sublime form this season, being the joint-highest scorer in the league alongside Jude Bellingham and Artem Dovbyk.

Getafe are just coming off a comfortable 2-0 victory against Granada. The last time these two sides met at the Bernabeu, it took a Bellingham goal in stoppage time to secure a victory for the European giants.

Carlo Ancelotti is expected to field a strong lineup for this game. Andriy Lunin is expected to keep his place in the side. Dani Carvajal will captain the team. It will be interesting to see who will be the starting left-back as Fran Garcia had an impressive outing last week.

Nacho has been poor but there are not many options so the Spaniard will have to find his form back, as he will team up with Rüdiger as a centre-back.

Substitutes in the last game, Fede Valverde and goal scorer Tchouaméni will complete the midfielder trio along with Toni Kroos who just does not seem to age and continues to perform week in and week out.

Brahim Díaz had a poor outing and could not make much of a statement in Bellingham’s absence. The English starlet will return to his position as the number 10 and will look to imitate his heroics the last time these two sides met.

The Brazilian duo of Vinícius and Rodrygo will make up the forward line. Vinícius missed a couple of chances but made up with a goal and would want to continue his goal-scoring form.

However, Joselu starting this fixture is not ruled out due to his aerial ability and ability to smartly find spaces inside the box.

The month of February is the most crucial month of the season for Los Blancos as they also have Champions League fixtures coming up. The best possible way to begin the month is with a surely, morale-boosting victory against Getafe.

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