Getafe and Athletic Bilbao will open this Friday, January 19, the twentieth round of the Spanish Championship 2017/2018 season, the first of the second round. In the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, in Getafe, the confrontation has kickoff scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
Getafe’s recent performance
Getafe managed to win the field goal in the previous round. He defeated Malaga, threatened with relegation, by the minimum score. It was enough for him to reach 26 points (seven wins, five draws and seven losses). It is ninth placed in the standings.
Something beyond what one might expect at the start of the season. Its advantage in comparison with La Coruña, eighteenth placed and first in the sticking region, is ten points. This even allows the fans, players and coaching staff to dream of a higher flight.
Sevilla, sixth, closes the zone of classification for European tournaments with only three points more than Getafe. To maintain that ambition, the team still needs to perform better in their domains. This is already happening.
The team accumulated the six possible points in the last two matches in the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. But the poor campaign at the beginning of the season makes it appear only eleventh in the ranking of the best constituents of LaLiga. As a visitor, Girona is the eighth best.
To face Athletic, coach Pepe Bordalas has only one question. Midfielder Markel Bergara (15 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, four goals) is in the care of the medical department. A knee injury took him out of the last four games. A new assessment will determine whether it will be able to perform on Friday. If you receive the green light from club doctors it will most likely be listed among the headlines.
The current form of Athletic Bilbao
After a bad start to the season and a change of technical command, Athletic Bilbao seems to have found a better way. Between the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 the team established a series of seven games without defeats. There were four wins and three draws.
It was enough to secure the qualification for the Europa League knockout stage, where they will face Spartak Moscow, and reach a slightly more comfortable position in the Spanish Championship. With 25 points (six wins, seven draws and six losses) he is in 12th place.
Thus, the duel against Girona this Friday ends up being a direct fight for position in the table of classification and an opportunity for the team of Bilbao approaches a little more of the zone of classification for European tournaments.
The visiting campaign, which had been a problem the previous season, has improved. The team is the seventh best in this category having reached 12 (three wins, three draws and four losses) of the 30 possible points.
Coach Jose Ziganda, however, has a greater number of injury problems than his rival. They are in the infirmary the titular goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (14 games in season 2017/2018 of the Spanish Championship); defenders Mikel Balenziaga (12 games, no goal) and Oscar de Marcos (seven games, no goal); and striker Iker Muniain (six games, one goal).
History of the matches vs Getafe x Athletic Bilbao
Athletic have not lost to Getafe for seven games. There were six wins and one draw. Equality was recorded at the most recent meeting. For the first round of the current LaLiga season the duel was 0-0.
Although the campaign he is doing is clearly better than expected, caution has been the Getafe brand, which will hardly start up Athletic Bilbao, even to not offer the rival the possibility of using counterattacks. Thus, the tie ends up being a good guessing option. Has a price of 3.20 on Bet365. Victory of the owners of the house returns 2.70 and visitors earn 2.75 for each real invested. Quotations in effect at 12h49 of 1/18/2018.