Real Madrid simply irresistible at Getafe

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Real Madrid travel to Getafe on Saturday aiming to continue their recent improvement in form.

Madrid got off to a slow start in La Liga, but victories over Alaves and Espanyol in their last two fixtures has raised hopes that normal service has been resumed.

Los Blancos are currently fifth in the table, seven points behind unbeaten Barcelona, but only two adrift of second-placed Sevilla.

Getafe are down in 12th position after winning two and drawing two of their seven league games.

The visitors are priced at 2/7 to win on Saturday, with Getafe available at 9/1. The draw is on offer at 9/2.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane faces a selection headache in goal, following the news that Keylor Navas suffered a groin injury during Costa Rica’s 1-1 draw with Honduras last week.

Navas is likely to miss the game and Tuesday’s Champions League fixture at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Kiko Casilla is set to deputise.

Getafe midfielder Gaku Shibasaki is still on the sidelines after fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot. The Japanese international came off injured after scoring during his side’s 2-1 loss to Barcelona in September.

While things haven’t quite gone to plan this season for Madrid, they head into the fixture with a perfect record away from the Bernabeu.

Zidane’s side have bagged eight goals in games against Deportivo La Coruna, Real Sociedad and Alaves, and odds of 4/5 to score in both halves on Saturday looks an exceptional wager.

Madrid have conceded goals in their last two away matches, so the 7/10 for both teams to score could also pay dividends.

The two sides last met back in April 2016, with Madrid recording a 5-1 victory. They can be backed at 25/1 at for a repeat performance this weekend.

After missing the start of the season through suspension, Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to score in La Liga this season. The Portugal forward goes into the game having helped Portugal to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and he is as short as 2/1 to celebrate with the first goal against Getafe this weekend.

Gareth Bale is still out injured, but Madrid still have plenty of firepower to call upon. French star Karim Benzema is 5/6 to score at any time during the game and that looks worth considering.

If odds of 2/7 for Madrid to win seem on the short side, the match result and over/under 3.5 goals market could be the way to play.

Madrid to win and over 3.5 goals in the match is available at odds of 5/4 and that should give you a run for your money.

While the visitors are rightly favourites for the game, newly-promoted Getafe have made a steady start to the season and shouldn’t be underestimated.

Getafe have already been defeated by Sevilla and Barcelona on home soil, but they bounced back with an impressive 4-0 victory over Villarreal in their most recent league home game.

Their last win over Madrid was a 2-1 success back in 2012 and they are priced at 22/1 to match that feat this weekend.

Odds of 9/1 to win the game show that the bookmakers don’t fancy a home win, although the handicap market offers a tempting wager for punters looking to back Getafe.

The home side with a two goal start can be backed at 20/21 and that looks an interesting wager.

Getafe are sure to put up a spirited show, but it’s impossible to predict anything other than a Madrid victory this weekend.

They have led at the break in each of their three away matches this season, so odds of 8/11 to be leading at half-time and full-time look well worth an investment.


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