The gap separating Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from the rest of the teams only becomes obvious when these three face an in-form opponent. The most recent example was offered by Real Madrid who made short work of in-form Getafe, scoring four goals against their city rivals. Not only their opponents were clearly outplayed, but they didn’t even attempt to take the initiative and focused almost exclusively on avoiding a lopsided defeat.
That’s exactly what happened and now Getafe needs to learn from its mistakes and field an aggressive starting formation against Celta Vigo. Their goal should be to replicate Real Madrid’s performance, by taking the initiative early on and sending a hail of balls at their opponents’ net. They certainly have plenty of options in the attack and would be right to use Nolito and Fernandez alongside Fedor, who is their most prolific scorer and a certain starter.
These three players have a great synergy and whenever they are introduced from the very beginning, they create opportunities out of thin air. It is easy to understand how that coach was facing a predicament when playing against their more famous city neighbors and unfortunately chose to play it safe. If Getafe is to win tonight they will need to take the visitors by surprise and don’t allow them to dig in and establish defensive positions as they do when playing away from home.
Celta Vigo won the vast majority of its points at home, but on the road were surprisingly precise and denied their opponents a chance to score. They don’t have too many capable strikers, but Charles is a noteworthy exception and a regular regardless of what team they face. It is certain that he will be the only one threatening Getafe’s net but it is less certain that he will have any success when a gap will appear between him and the midfielders.
The two teams are equally matched and in the past split most of the points, but statistics are less important tonight when the hosts are hungry for victory. It is most unlikely that Celta Vigo will deflect all the shots sent at their net and punters would be wise to back the hosts to prevail. This game will probably look very much like the one lost by Celta Vigo to Athletic Bilbao two weeks ago, although we shouldn’t hold our breaths for another scoring festival.