Athletic Club vs Getafe Match Preview & Predictions

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Athletic Club vs Getafe match preview and predictions for Monday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Marcelino and Pepe Bordalas renew their hostilities.

  • DATE: Monday 25th January 2021
  • KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
  • STADIUM: San Mames

Athletic Club vs Getafe Preview

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Getafe travel to San Mames this Monday in LaLiga, looking to make it three straight wins against Supercopa champions Athletic Club. Morale at both clubs should certainly be much higher now than it was just a few weeks ago. This could be an interesting watch with both teams having recently tweaked their formation and style of play.

In Athletic’s case, a coaching switch brought about that change. While many felt Gaizka Garitano was unfortunate to lose his job, Marcelino is a coach of real calibre and remarkably his first three games in charge saw Athletic defeat both Barcelona and Real Madrid to claim only their second piece of silverware since the mid 1980’s.

While they did see off Ibiza in the Copa del Rey last week, this will be a different kind of test to their matches in the Supercopa or indeed Marcelino’s only league game to date, a 3-2 defeat at home to Barcelona. Getafe will be much more physical and won’t give them much space to play in. The fixture will see Marcelino up against Jose Bordalas again and it’s well documented that the two men do not exactly get along, which will add an extra bit of spice to the evening.

This is a Getafe side that has rediscovered some self-belief with the help of some new arrivals. Loan signings Take Kubo and Carles Alena have given their midfield an extra dimension and utilising a 4-2-3-1 system, they’ve successfully defeated Elche and Huesca in their last two league games to ease any fears that Geta might get sucked into the relegation shake-up.

They should have too much quality for that and another win here, would suddenly propel them into the top half and onto the fringes of the European picture. With a bit more support and creativity around him, one thing Bordalas will want to see is more from Jaime Mata in the second half of the campaign. Having reached double figures for goals in LaLiga in each of the last two seasons, it has been a much less convincing season so far for the 32 year old, although he remains Getafe’s most convincing strike option with top scorer Angel Rodriguez still largely used in the super sub role.

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Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Getafe Wins, 4 Draws.
  • Getafe have gone 7 games against Athletic without losing.
  • They’ve not lost against the Basques since returning to the top flight in 2017.
  • Athletic last defeated Getafe at San Mames via a 3-1 margin in September 2015.

Team News

Inigo Martinez and Unai Lopez are both rated doubtful for Athletic who should go 4-4-2.

Erick Cabaco and Mathias Olivera are minor doubts for Getafe but should both be fit enough to feature.

Predicted Athletic Starting Lineup:

Simon – Berchiche, Martinez, Yeray, Capa – Muniain, D. Garcia, Vencedor, De Marcos – R. Garcia, Williams (4-4-2)

Predicted Getafe Starting Lineup:

Yanez – Nyom, Djene, Cabaco, Suarez – Maksimovic, Arambarri – Cucurella, Alena, Kubo – Mata (4-2-3-1)

Athletic Club vs Getafe Predictions

Score Prediction: Athletic 1-1 Getafe

We’ve seen a bit more from these two sides over the past couple of weeks and this could be a decent game. Getafe have had the best window so far of any team in the Spanish top flight and they have a pretty strong first XI now. With no major selection problems, they ought to put in a good showing here and should have enough to leave with a point in a fixture they often enjoy.

Athletic Club vs Getafe Betting Tips (18+)

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