The La Liga title is getting closer to being in the hands of Real Madrid, but the battle for a place in Europe is still on as Getafe and Villarreal lock horns on Wednesday evening.
It has been a rocky few years for Villarreal, having been relegated from the top flight in 2012 they had a mass exodus of players including Borja Valero, Diego Lopez and Nilmar.
However, the ship has been steadied and since 2015 the club have been regular occupiers in the European spots.
For Getafe though they have been a mid-table side since 2005 with relegation being served up for the club in 2016 but a 5th placed finish last season highlighted the potential the club has going into the future and a positive end to the season will be a success for them.
Villarreal head into this week’s game with just one loss in their last six games and that was a 4-1 loss at the hands of Barcelona last weekend.
Meanwhile, Getafe managed by Jose Bordalas, have just one win in their last six, picking up three points against Real Sociedad.
Captain Jaime Mata scored both goals for Getafe that day with former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj bagging Sociedad’s only goal.
When it comes to their attacking options, Villarreal have two of the best Spanish strikers in La Liga with Gerald Moreno and former Borussia Dortmund front man Paco Alcacer leading the line.
Moreno, formally of Espanyol has bagged sixteen goals this season, whilst Alcacer has scored just four times.
A 4-4-2 formation is utilised by head coach Javier Calleja with former Arsenal fan favourite Santi Cazorla playing out wide on the left and Samuel Chukwueze playing on the right last time out against Barcelona.
Getafe also utilise a two up front formation with Hugo Duro and the previously mentioned Jaime Mata leading the attack, however, 20 year old Duro has yet to find the back of the net this campaign.
This match should be a lively affair with both teams averaging 1.2 goals per game. Expect a very possession based performance from Villarreal as their average possession this season stand at 52% whilst Getafe’s is 44% one of the lowest in La Liga.
One to Watch – Djene Dajonam
A Togo international, Dajonam has been with Getafe since the start of the 2017 season and is their most reliable defender.
Playing thirty of a possible 34 games this season, the 28 year old has cemented himself as their first choice centre back playing alongside another experienced centre half in the form of Etxeita.
Dajonam has made a total of thirty-three tackles this season, showcasing his ability to get stuck in, this has boasted well for the clubs defensive record with Getafe conceding just thirty-one goals.
Getafe will have to be at their best defensively when they come face to face with ‘The Yellow Submarine’.
Head to Head
The last time these two sides met was back in December with Villarreal coming away 1-0 victors thanks to a goal by winger Moi Gomez.
Since 2011 there has not been a single goalless game between the two sides with the biggest scoreline being a 4-0 win for Getafe in 2017 with Angel Rodriguez, Jorge Molina and Markel Bergara all getting in on the act.