Separated by only three points in the standings of the Spanish League, Espanyol and Getafe closed on Monday, November 27, the thirteenth round of the 2017/2018 season of LaLiga. The match, scheduled for the RCDE stadium in Barcelona, starts scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Espanyol
Espanyol suffered two defeats in the final rounds. As a visitor, he took 1 to 0 of Alavés, who fights against relegation. Then, at home, lost 2-0 to Valencia, who is in the vice-lead.
With that, he dropped to fourteenth on the leaderboard. He accumulated 13 points (three wins, four draws and five losses). It has the third worst attack of the Spanish Championship. He scored just nine goals in 12 rounds. At home, the offensive performance is a bit better, surpassing the average of one try per game. There were seven goals in six games.
The coach Quique Flores can take advantage of the training week to try to remedy this deficiency. For this, you can count on all your athletes. With no injury or suspension problems, you can choose the team you consider best to try to get the team closer to the squad of teams fighting to qualify for a European tournament next season.
The current form of Getafe
Getafe started the thirteenth round closest to that group. With 16 points (four wins, four draws and four losses), he was in tenth place. Villarreal, who closed the elite squad of the tournament, was in sixth place with five points more.
In the case of Getafe, however, this fight was not even considered at the beginning of the season. The primary objective of the club, which has a very limited budget, is only and only remain in the elite division of Spanish football. Anything beyond that will be considered an extraordinary profit.
In the last three rounds, the team managed to gain a good advantage in comparison with the teams in the relegation zone. He accumulated seven points from the possible nine with victories against Real Sociedad (2 to 1) and Alavés (4 to 1), as principal, and a draw with Betis (2 to 2), away from home. He added in the first 12 rounds more than double the points of Malaga, which opened the thirteenth round in eighteenth place, the first in the region of the sticking, with seven points.
Coach Pepe Bordalas, however, can not count on all his athletes in preparation. Japanese midfielder Gaku Shibasaki (four games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, one goal), is recovering from an ankle injury. Striker Daniel Pacheco (without performances) is out of action due to a bruise on the shoulder. None of them are expected to be released on Monday.
History of the matches Espanyol vs Getafe
The home factor was decisive in the last four meetings involving the teams. Whoever acted in their domains, won. Last season, Espanyol made it 3-1. In the second round, Getafe scored 3-1.
Acting at home will be for Espanyol to risk more in search of victory. This has been a problem due to the low production of his attack. In the game against Alaves, for example, he managed to send only a third of the attempted kicks on target. In front of Valencia, the index was even worse. Only four of the 13 attempts to goal kick had a right direction.
Getafe makes a solid campaign as a visitor. He scored in five out of six games. The tie, with four occurrences, was the most frequent result. Should wait for opportunities to counter attack to overcome the defense of the Barcelona team.
In this scenario, the draw is a fitting guess. Has a price of 3.40 in Bet365. Victory of the owners of the house yields 2.00 per invested real. Getafe’s success pays 3.75.