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Santiago Bernabéu

03/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

Getafe CF

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Santiago Bernabéu

03/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Real Madrid host city rivals Getafe this weekend, with Zinedine Zidane’s side desperate to keep their good run going.

Last time: Real won at Getafe earlier this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a late winner in a 2-1 victory.

This time: Real are obviously strong favourites for this one, priced at 1/7 to win, with Getafe at 14/1 and a draw 7/1.

In a sentence: This clash is one of the lesser known Madrid derbies, but although both sets of fans will be taking it seriously, their last five meetings have ended with an aggregate score of 21-6 to Real.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

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Real Madrid take on Getafe at the Bernabeu fully expecting to pick up the three points from this La Liga clash.

Real Madrid’s struggles have eased somewhat in recent weeks, with Zidane’s side picking up four La Liga wins ahead of the visit of Getafe.

However they came unstuck in midweek away to Espanyol, their second La Liga defeat in 2018.

The pressure on the Frenchman, and despite their chances of catching rivals Barcelona in the title race being almost zero, they simply cannot miss out on a top four finish.

Even with the spectre of Champions League football looming over them in the next fortnight, Real will want to keep their promising league run going. Although certain players may be rested for this game, they should win comfortably, and this is priced at 1/7 in the betting.

Goals have been a real feature of Real’s improved form, with 17 goals in their last four La Liga matches, as Ronaldo and co. have all gone up a gear.

Despite Getafe’s generally strong defensive record this season, they have stumbled in recent games – conceding four in their last two games and against an attack as potent as Real’s they could have a problem.

Real have scored scored over two goals in five of their last seven league matches, with Levante and Espanyol the only sides to shut them out, and they are 4/11 to win, with over 2.5 goals in the match in total.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Ronaldo. The No.7 has led the charge as Real have got back to winning ways, with the Portuguese frontman scoring 10 goals in his last six league appearances for Zidane’s men.

His return to form will have to be maintained if Real are to salvage something from their season, and given his recent record he looks like doing just that. He is 4/9 to score two or more goals against Getafe.

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We fancy:

Real look to be settling into a groove at the moment, even if it is coming at the wrong end of the season, but a strong finish looks to be in store for Los Blancos.

Given their recent form they should be comfortable against their city rivals, and a 3-0 home win is priced at 7/1.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Getafe are unlikely to get too much out of Real in this game, despite having a relatively strong season in the top flight. Manager Jose Bordalas will look to frustrate Real and hit them on he break through the pace of Angle and Remy, and expose their defensive uncertainty that has been an issue this season.

If Getafe can hold Real off, the home crowd will get restless and they will have a route to a positive result. A win may still be too much of a stretch, but a 1-1 draw is priced at 16/1.

Written by Feargal Brennan

Feargal Brennan is a long-suffering Everton fan who turned to European football for respite from the Toffees’ struggles. A frequent radio contributor, Feargal writes on football and betting and is an expert in how to cope when you support a forever frustrating football team.