Real Madrid had two chances to win this season and it squandered both of them against Valencia and Barcelona. After the scoreless draw on Santiago Bernabeu, the reigning champions lost the first leg of the super cup against their archrivals and are in dire need of victory tonight. They will face city rivals Getafe and anything less of a clear victory will start a turmoil in Madrid.
Match: Getafe vs Real Madrid
Bet: Real Madrid -1.5
Odds: Pinnacle 2.08
Real got outplayed by Barcelona three days ago but has the chance of showing its true colors away from home against a team that will most likely defend 90 min. Getafe lost 10 of the 17 games played against the Spanish giants and home field advantage didn’t help them secure points last season. Tonight they will play in a 4-5-1 formation with Moya between the sticks and Miku upfront, hoping to take advantage of any inconsistencies that might appear in the visitors’ defense.
A one-sided city derby
Real doesn’t have to travel too much, because they will face Getafe in Madrid at a stadium where they feel like home. The fact that they’ve conceded four goals in the first two official games played following Euro 2012 is surely upsetting Mourinho, but he didn’t make any significant changes in the starting lineup. Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos and Marcelo will start in the defense while DiMaria, Ozil and Ronaldo will frequently join Higuain upfront.
Gonzalo was the best player in both games played so far by Real Madrid and he could’ve scored at least twice in the opening match against Valencia. It is hard to believe that Getafe’s attempt of closing all breaches in their defensive system will deny Higuain any chances of scoring. The Argentinian striker is trying to secure his place in the rotation and now that his team needs to turn around a season that started so slow, is the best opportunity. The hosts count on Miku to score goals tonight, but with the player from Venezuela rumored to depart at the end of the month, it is hard to believe that he will play his A-game.
Real Madrid lost just two games last season and drew four, so it is only fair to expect them to bounce back after the somewhat disappointing start. Getafe looks like the perfect victim and bookmakers accurately predict a game that will advance in a single direction. Pinnacle offers the most generous odds for an away victory by at least two goals difference, so punters who trust Real to cover the -1,5 spread will be served with odds of 2.08.