Preview - Atlético Madrid vs Getafé 19 August 19

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Match Day 1
Atlético Madrid vs. Getafé
Monday, August 19th 2019
05:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Atlético Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W W L D D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.45
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.76
Top Scorer (18/19): Alvaro Morata (6)

Getafé:
Last five matches form: D L W L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.26
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.92
Top Scorer (18/19): Jaime Mata & Jorge Molina (14)

One of the most eye-catching matches on the opening slate of fixtures in La Liga comes at the Wanda Metropolitano, as last season's runners up Atlético Madrid play host to Getafé who finished an excellent firfh in 2018/19.

Atlético did the double over Getafé last season, winning 2-0 both at home and away.

Most sides struggle to break down the Atlético Madrid defence, but none more so than Getafé who have now failed to score against Diego Simeone's men in their past six outings.

This Atlético side has had the spine ripped out of it over the winter, with centre-back Lucas Hernández, midfield string-puller Rodri and iconic frontman Antoine Griezmann all moving on. To their credit they have reinvested the cash in bringing in the huge promise of Joāo Felix, Marcos Llorente and Mario Hermoso. This is a reshuffled squad which may take time to settle, but their pre-season results have been encouraging.

Getafé's transfer business has been rather more low key, with experienced striker Enric Gallego the biggest acquisition at £5.4million.

Atlético were as tough to beat as ever at home last season, losing only once in 19 outings, keeping no fewer than 13 clean sheets.

Getafé were incredibly tough on the road, drawing 11 of 19 and losing only four times.

This looks tough to call. Atlético have been very impressive in pre-season though and - whilst it can be easy to read too much into that - they are fancied to carry that level into their opening fixture.


Prediction: Atlético Madrid 3 - 1 Getafé

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  4 - 1
Shots on target: 4 - 0
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 51% - 49%

Saul Niguez was booked for the home side in this one, whilst Renan Lodi was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence in the 42nd minute. Leandro Cabrera, Faycal Fajr, Allan Nyom and Angel Rodriguez of Getafé all had their names taken by referee Guillermo Cuadro Fernandez, whilst Jorge Molina was shown a straight red after 38 minutes.

There may have been significant changes at Atlético over the summer in terms of personnel, but if this game is anything to go by, then the blueprint for success remains very much the same. Limiting Getafé to just the one shot in the game, and no shots on target, this was yet another defensive masterclass from Diego Simeone's men, and as has so often proven the case, one goal was all they needed.

New boy Kieran Trippier had already been proving a menace on the right-hand side, and it was the ex-Tottenham man who provided the assist for the opening goal of the game in the 23rd minute. Found in space on the right flank, Trippier spun in a wicked cross to find Alvaro Morata arriving on the edge of the six-yard box. Smart header into the left-hand side from the former Chelsea frontman.

Then came the dismissal of Molina for a raking challenge from behind. Initially shown a yellow, the red was issued upon consultation with VAR.

Renad Lodi then contrived to get himself booked twice in the space of two minutes, meaning we headed into the break at ten men apiece and Atlético a goal to the good.

Joao Felix gave an indication as to what all the fuss is about in the second half with a scintillating run from the halfway line which ended in him being sent tumbling in the area. Morata went to the left with his penalty, but so did keeper David Soria to make the save.

1-0 final score.






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