Santiago Bernabeu will entertain the match between home side Real Madrid and local rivals Getafe in the up-coming matchday 27 of the Liga Santander 2017-18. With the La Liga title and possibly the second place out of Real Madrid’s hand, Los Blancos will be looking to hold on to third place.
The Madrid derby is scheduled to kick-off at 19:45 this Saturday, March the 3rd and Mario Melero will referee the match.
The pressure on Zinedine Zidane piles up as his side lost to Espanyol in the mid-week clash between the teams. This is the third time Madrid lost to a Catalan club this season. Los Blancos had previously lost to Girona and Barcelona and were to return to Madrid pointless as Espanyol scored in the ninety-third minute to secure the win.
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With a crucial tie as Paris still left to be played, Zinedine Zidane opted to not risk players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Modric and kept Benzema on the bench as back up. Gareth Bale was handed the opportunity to show his effectiveness in front of goal but was a massive disappointment throughout the eighty-one minutes that he played.
With the match heading for a draw, Real Madrid surged for the winner and were left strangling on defense when Espanyol countered. Sergio Garcia looped up a fantastic ball towards Gerard Moreno who perfectly volleyed the ball past Keylor Navas. This is their fifth defeat in the league in twenty-six matches played so far, two more than what they had at the end of last season.
On the other hand, Getafe continued their excellent form this season with a 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna. Angel Luis Rodriguez and Jorge Molina scored for the Azulones while they were helped by an own goal from Depo’s defender Boveda.
The victory to Deportivo means Getafe are only five points off the Europa League spots and with the current form they are in (2 wins and two draws in 5 matches), they could pull of which was considered almost impossible for a newly promoted team.
El Gato have thirty six points in their pocket and are currently occupying ninth position in the league. They have an impressive defense which has let in only twenty-two goals this campaign, the third best behind Barca and Atleti.
Getafe have only won one of their twelve matches on the road while Real Madrid have managed to pick up all three points on eight occasions at home in the league.
Head to Head
Los Blancos have made the fixture their own as the Whites have won nine of their last ten meeting with their cross town rivals. Getafe registered all three points in the league against Real Madrid back in 2012 and the fixture as always been able to entertain the crowd with average goals in their last ten clashes peaking at 4.3.
The last meeting between these two teams was earlier this season in which Real Madrid score late to win 2-1.
Players to Watch
The absence of the Portuguese was dearly felt at the RCDE stadium in Real’s last match as the side lacked scoring incentive in the game. The number 7 has been prolific in-front to goal after the turn of the year and now has reached 14 goals for the season in 20 games and also has contributed with four assists in the league.
The center-back from Togo has been the mainstay of defense for Getafe and is a crucial factor for their soundness at the back. He manages to dispossess his opponents with five tackles and interceptions a match and has a decent pass accuracy of 76%.
Los Blancos have some crucial players missing for the match due to injury. Toni Kroos picked up a Ligament injury aster the clash against PSG while Luca Modric is out due to muscle injury.
Marcelo has also been sidelined because of muscle problems while Jesus Vallejo is also doubtful to recover for the match.
Jose Bordalas’s Getafe have three first-team players sidelined due to injury. Right Winger Alvaro Jimenez suffered an injury back in January and has missed eight games for the club.
Markel Bergara and Mathieu Flamini are also unavailable for selection due to Metatarsal fracture and muscle injury respectively.
Amath Ndiaye is suspended for the game against Real Madrid after accumulating five yellow card for the season.
Real Madrid vs Getafe Line Up ( Predicted XI)
Real Madrid Line Up (4-4-2)
Carjaval (RB) – Ramos (CB) – Nacho (CB) – Theo Hernandez (LB)
Vasquez (RM) – Kovacic (CM) – Casemiro (CM) – Asensio (LM)
Getafe Line Up (4-4-2)
Suarez (RB) – Dakonam (CB) – Gonzalez (CB) – Antunes (LB)
Portillo (RM) – Fajr (CM) – Arambarri (CM) – Shibasaki (LM)
Real Madrid vs Getafe Prediction
After the let down in the RCDE stadium in their previous match, Real Madrid will be highly committed to winning against Getafe, but it will not be a walk in the park for the thirty-three times Spanish champions. Getafe have managed to pull off wins against Villarreal and Valencia while they have shared points with Barcelona and Sevilla.
The Madrid derby will be an exciting one with the sides gunning to achieve their aims, and any form of slip-ups will be an obstacle for them.
Our Prediction: A narrow in for the European champions; Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe