Things will get intriguing when two in-form sides, Getafe CF and Valencia collide at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez for their 23rd fixture in La Liga this season. Jose Bordalas’ Getafe unit is on the back of three consecutive wins versus Leganes, Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao and is third in the Spanish League with 39 points on board. Meanwhile, Valencia bounced back from their 4-1 defeat to Mallorca in grand manner as they beat Cleta Vigo and the mighty FC Barcelona. As a result of the recent run of results, Valencia finds itself fifth in the league with 37 points under their belt. A win for either side in the upcoming fixture will be massive in the grand scheme of things.
Date- Saturday, February 8
Kick-Off- 8:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Coliseum Alfonso Perez
Xabier Etxeita should continue at centre-back for the hosts after the sale of Leandro Cabrera in the January transfer window. Vitorino Antunes will miss out against Valencia due to an injury, which should make way for Mathias Olivera to continue at left-back. Jorge Molina will be expected to lead the attack, though new signing Devyerson could also get some game time.
Daniel Wass is undergoing suspension for the visitors, which should provide an opportunity for new recruit Alessandro Florenzi to start at right-back. Ezequiel Garay is expected to be out until August due to an ACL injury, which should make way for Mouctar Diakhaby. Francis Coquelin is also undergoing a ban, which gives Dani Parejo and Geoffrey Kondogbia to feature in at central midfield.
GEF (Expected Playing 11)- Soria; Olivera, Dakonam, Etxeita, Suarez; Curcurella, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Nyom; Molina, Mata
VAL (Expected Playing 11)- Domenech; Florenzi, Diakhaby, Paulista, Gaya; Torres, Parejo, Kodongbia, Soler; Moreno, Gomez
Jaime Mata can be the danger man uptop for Getafe. Mata has seven goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 64.4% from 1594 minutes in the league this season.
Maxi Gomez has been pivotal in the forward line for Valencia. Gomez has nine goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 62.6% from 19 appearances this season.
Damian Suarez has been one of the standouts for Getafe at the defence as well as in attack. Suarez has a goal, four assists and a pass accuracy of 63.5% from 1572 minutes in the league this season.
Rodrigo Moreno is an essential figure in Valencia‘s midfield. Moreno has two goals, seven assists and a pass accuracy of 77.8% from 19 appearances this season.
From the last six encounters between the two sides, two games each have been won by Getafe and Valencia, while two games have ended on level terms.
A draw seems to be a possible outcome.
Goalkeeper- J Domenech
Defenders- J Gaya, G Paulinho, D Suarez, M Olivera
Midfielders- D Parejo, M Cucurella, N Maksimovic
Forwards– R Moreno, M Gomez (VC), J Mata (C)
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