La Liga: Getafe vs. Valencia

Valencia seem to be waking up from their particular nightmare. They have put two wins together for the first time since November and have now left behind their dismal nine game run without a win. This paints a brighter picture for Valencia fans, but it has to be said that they were outplayed in their two nil win over Valladolid and the three one win at home to Betis last weekend was more because of the visitor’s lack of defense and poor refereeing than anything else. But three points are three points and these will help the Valencia squad to gain some much needed confidence.
Getafe’s season is revolving around the King’s cup and the UEFA cup. They are not doing much in the league except surviving, and go into this match with one eye on the UEFA cup second leg game they have to play against AEK Athens. The first leg in midweek in Greece ended in a one – one draw which was quite a good result for the Spanish side. Now though they need to put all their energy and concentration into the league if they don’t want to create problems for themselves.
With both Getafe and Valencia in the semi finals of the King’s cup, this could well be a rehearsal of the final. Getafe takes on revelation of the season Racing de Santander, although the Cantabrian side is showing clear signs of fatigue. Valencia meanwhile has to play against the favorites Barcelona, so need to be right on top of their game if they want to get to the final.
In team news, Ángel Javier Arizmendi won’t be able to play for Valencia as he is suspended, and Zigic hasn’t trained this week owing to back problems. Also out for the trip to Getafe are the players with longer recuperation periods such as Alexis Ruano, Rubén Baraja Vicente Rodríguez, and Fernando Morientes. This leaves coach Ronald Koeman yet again having to rely on David Villa to get the goals, and it looks as though he is finally responding. He has scored three in the last two matches and this is a big reason for Valencia’s good run.
Getafe have gone two matches without a win and will be desperate for the three points here before having to visit Real Madrid at the Bernabeu stadium a week later. Jaime Gavilán is out for at least two weeks after a horrific accident in the UEFA cup game where he almost broke his neck in a bad fall, but apart from the midfielder (who wouldn’t have been able to play anyway as he is on loan from Valencia) Getafe don’t have any real injury worries.
I’m going for a home win here. Valencia have been making an improvement lately, but they haven’t really had a hard time as the opposition has been weak. This match though will really see whether they are back in business or not. Getafe at home are playing very well and their defense is well organized. I expect it will be a narrow victory but I’m going for all three points staying at the Coliseum stadium.
Prediction: Home win (1-0)

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