Preview - Real Madrid vs Getafe 20 August 18

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Match Day 1
Real Madrid vs Getafe
Monday, August 20th, 2018
05:15am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéau Stadium

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W D L W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.47
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.16
Top Scorer 17/18: Gareth Bale (16)

Getafe:
Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.11
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.87
Top Scorer 17/18: Ángel (13)

All change at Real Madrid ahead of the latest La Liga season as the summer saw them bid farewell to not only their manager Zinedine Zidane, but also possibly their greatest player of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo. Julien Lopetegui is the man entrusted with forging a new identity for Real and his first task is to see off Getafe at home.

Getafe finished a highly creditable eighth in La Liga last season and will be looing to build on that this season following what looks to have been a productive transfer window. Their incomings may be on a smaller scale than many but the likes of Ignasi Miquel, Nemanja Maksimovic and Iván Alejo do look to have added both quality and depth to the squad.

Madrid were the only one of the top four sides to have conceded more than a goal per game in La Liga last season, and the early evidence suggest those issues may not have been rectified, with the back four looking porous in the Super Cup versus Atletico.

Real have won this fixture in each of the past three seasons by a combined score-line of 14-5.

We suspect this may be a season of slow progress for Real as they adjust to life without their talisman.

There should be goals in this one with the home side probably just about doing enough to claim the points


Prediction: Real Madrid 3 - 2 Getafe

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  6 - 4
Shots on target: 3 - 1
Corner Kicks: 3 - 0
Possession: 64% - 36%
Getafe didn't trouble the scoreboard in this game but they certainly kept referee Xavier Estrada busy; Jorge Molina, Amath, Djene, Jaime Mata, Mauro Arambarri, Bruno Gonzalez and Leandro Cabrera all being booked. Marcelo saw yellow for Real Madrid.

This was far from a spectacular performance from Real Madrid. What it was though is dominant. Well on top in the possession stats and restricting Getafe to just the one shot on target, the destination of the points never really seemed in any serious doubt.

Gareth Bale had looked bright early on, crashing one header against the bar and forcing David Soria into a smart stop with another effort.

The opening La Liga goal of the Julen Lopetegui era came in the 20th minute. A cross from the left-hand side being cleared but only as far as Daniel Carvajal, who - with the keeper out of position -looped a high header over his head and in.

Sergio Ramos had an effort ruled out for a foul before the break, but we didn't have to wait long after the interval for the lead to be doubled.

The action again unfolding down the left-hand side, with a low cross this time finding Bale lurking towards the right inside the 18 yard box. Soria got a hand to his well place low effort but couldn't keep it from finding the bottom right corner.

Asensio smashed an effort against the left upright soon after as Getafe were struggling to gain any kind of foothold in the game.

And that's the way it stayed in what must be viewed as a largely positive display in the post CR7 era.

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