Only five points separate Getafe from Malaga and a Champions League spot, although a more reasonable objective would be securing a Europa League place. Either way, they need to win the home match against Athletic Bilbao to remain within striking distance and then prevail in the head-to-head matches.
Match: Getafe vs Athletic Bilbao
Odds: Sportingbet 2.30
Getafe will miss two midfielders and two defenders, but they’ve been without them for three games now and their replacements rose to the challenge. In fact, Getafe lost just 4 games in the last 20 rounds, and the only teams that defeated them were Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Atletico Madrid. At home they have accumulated 24 points and they are yet to lose against Bilbao at coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Two consecutive narrow margin victories gave Athletic Bilbao six relieving points, as they’ve finally climbed out of the hole they previously dug themselves into. Each time Aduriz played below expectations and was replaced in the second half, with Susaeta and Muniain scoring the winning goals. Having their top scorer struggling is bad news for the visitors, but it is hard to believe that coach Bielsa will choose to keep him on the bench. The visitors would gladly settle for a draw and will be playing like a team who scrambles to avoid relegation, even though they still have a comfortable cushion.
There are many things that can go wrong tonight for Getafe, but if they succeed in taking the initiative, the hosts won’t have to worry about Bilbao’s offensive. Taking a leap of faith with a coin flip bet is only a good choice when the odds are above evens, so with Sportingbet displaying odds of 2.30 it is worth backing the hosts to win.