Atletico Madrid vs Getafe
Atletico Madrid’s stuttering La Liga title pursuit faces another tricky task as they face in-form Getafe at the Estadio Metropolitano.
Atletico Madrid lost their grip on the La Liga summit with a 2-0 away defeat to Athletic Bilbao at the weekend, falling eight points behind pacesetters Real Madrid. With a game in hand, Diego Simeone’s side can still make a solid case in the title race, but they can’t afford another slip-up here. As one of only two clubs in Europe’s top-five leagues to have won every home league match this season (W8), ‘Los Colchoneros’ ought to be confident this midweek, especially considering their mighty start helped extend their formidable winning La Liga run at the Estadio Metropolitano to 17 matches! Ominously, the last time Atletico failed to claim three points at home was against upcoming rivals Getafe in February’s 1-1 draw, halting their imperious 11-game winning H2H stretch on home soil beforehand.
Despite taking this trip as pre-match outsiders, Getafe seem perfectly-placed to pull off another upset after a 3-0 rout of Sevilla at the weekend stretched their unbeaten league run to four games (W3, D1), lifting them to eighth in the standings. That emphatic result in Andalusia didn’t only put ‘Los Azulones’ within striking distance of the European spots but also bolstered their confidence of racking up back-to-back away league wins for the first time since February 2020. However, Jose Bordalas’ men have fared terribly on the road, managing just two wins on their last 22 La Liga travels (D8, L12). That form paints a bleak picture for the visitors as they bid to defy a disastrous all-time H2H record against Atletico Madrid (W4, D9, L27).