Villarreal vs Getafe Match Preview & Predictions

Villarreal vs Getafe

Villarreal vs Getafe predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the visitors look to move further clear of trouble after a key win last weekend.

Date Sunday 2nd May 2021
Kick-Off 16:15 (local time)
Stadium Ceramica
Competition LaLiga

Villarreal vs Getafe Preview


Villarreal match action

Villarreal entertain Getafe on Sunday in LaLiga. Both sides have plenty to play for but the Yellow Submarine are likely to rotate their team with one eye on the 2nd Leg of their Europa League Semi-Final this coming week. That opens up a chance for Getafe that might not have been otherwise there, to get a win which would propel them to the brink of safety.

Unai Emery’s Villarreal have the edge in their Europa League Semi, having beaten Arsenal 2-1 on Thursday night at the Ceramica. At one stage they led the English side 2-0 and were playing 10 men but a controversial penalty awarded and converted by the visitors leaves the tie hanging in the balance and Villarreal will be hoping they don’t live to regret failing to kill the tie off.

In LaLiga, Villarreal are battling for European places. They looked all but guaranteed European football but 3 defeats in their last 4 league games and just 1 win in 7 home league games means they have opened a window of opportunity for a side like Granada who won at Camp Nou in midweek and are now only 4 points behind the Yellow Submarine with 5 to play.

Even so, Villarreal can surely still afford to prioritise Europe, which does give Getafe a chance in this game. Jose Bordalas’ side look like they are probably going to have just enough to beat the drop and their chances were massively boosted by an impressive 2-0 win in a crunch relegation six pointer at Huesca last time out.

A brace from Enes Unal was enough to secure three points. Getafe fans may wonder why it has taken so long for the strikers they signed last summer to start delivering but it was a significant match for Unal who had netted twice all season prior to that and will be hoping to make his mark here against former employers.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Villarreal Wins, 1 Getafe Win, 1 Draw.
  • Villarreal have won 5 of the last 6 meetings at the Ceramica.
  • Both teams have scored in 4 of the last 5 meetings between the clubs.
  • Villarreal won 3-1 at Getafe earlier this term.

Team News

Villarreal are without the suspended Manu Trigueros while Etienne Capoue and Juan Foyth are injured. Key men such as Gerard Moreno may be left on the bench with next week’s trip to London in mind.

Erick Cabaco and Cucho Hernández are both missing for the visitors due to injuries.

Predicted Villarreal Starting Lineup:

Asenjo – Moreno, Torres, Mori, Gaspar – Gomez, Coquelin, Chukwueze – Bacca, Alcacer, Pino (4-3-3)

Predicted Getafe Starting Lineup:

Soria – Olivera, Djene, Timor, Suarez – Cucurella, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Nyom – Mata, Unal (4-4-2)

Villarreal vs Getafe Prediction – 1-1 Draw

Villarreal’s likely rotation and poor home form suggests Getafe have every chance of getting a decent result here. Their tally of 0 points from away games vs current top half opposition this season though suggests it’s still unlikely to be more than a draw which Bordalas would be happy to take in the circumstances.

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