We conclude the thirteenth round in the Spanish Primera Division with the encounter between the middle motors Espanyol and Getafe at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona. It promises to be an exciting match, because both teams seem very well matched.
Espanyol would love to make the leap to the left-hand row, but with only thirteen points from twelve rounds and a provisional fifteenth place. Last week, the Catalans certainly did not play badly, but they did score 0-2 against vice-leader Valencia. Again the lack of scoring power broke the team of coach Quique Sanchez Flores. Los Pericos had thirteen shots on target and even hit the woodwork twice via Sergi Darder and Gerard Moreno, but did not get the scoreboard moving. With only nine league goals, only the low flyers Las Palmas, Alaves and Eibar are doing worse for the enemy goal.
The nine league goals of Espanyol were made by only three different players: Gerard Moreno, Pablo Piatti and Leo Baptistao. The latter will be in the rags basket in the coming weeks, so probably club hero Sergio Garcia may start again at the base. The veteran was very successful in the past at the RCDE Stadium but after his adventure in the desert he has not got his old form yet. Also the employability of Gerard Moreno is doubtful, although he seems to be winning the battle with the clock. In any case, the good news is that the defense of the blues does well, because in terms of number of goals (fifteen) the team is indeed firmly in the left row.
I had honestly thought that PhD student Getafe would face a tough season, but for the time being the people of Madrid know the relegation dance far more than escape. With sixteen points and a provisional twelfth place, Los Azulones are currently firmly in the middle. That is mainly due to the solid rear-line, which this season in twelve rounds of play only had to catch fourteen goals. In that respect, Getafe shows a lot of similarities with Espanyol, although the Madrid players with nineteen league goals score much easier than the Catalans. Especially club top scorer Angel Rodriguez is excellent with six goals in eight gigs. Last week, the striker again scored twice in the ample 4-1 home win over Alaves.
Getafe is therefore on roses and is currently closer to the places that give the right to European football than to the relegation zone. Trainer Jose Bordalas does not want to know anything about this: ‘We have to stay humble and keep working hard. The season is still long and we are not safe yet. ” Either way, thanks to a series of four unbeaten league matches, Getafe travels to Barcelona full of confidence. The blue shirts do play with fire, because with Juan Cala, Vitorino Antunes and Mauro Arambarri there are three players. On a yellow card against Espanyol they miss the squatter next week against vice-leader Valencia.
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