Almería v Getafe
Almería will look to make it four home victories in a row when they host Getafe on Wednesday night. They have been good at the Power Horse Stadium this campaign and poor on the road, collecting 12 of their 13 points so far at their home ground. That is the biggest relative difference between home and away performance in all of LaLiga.
Getafe actually have slightly more points from their away games than their home games, with eight compared to six, but this won’t be an easy trip for Quique Sánchez Flores’ side, given that they have many players missing. Between suspensions and injuries, Getafe should be without six important players for this game and their absences come mostly in central defence, with Gastón Álvarez and Domingos Duarte suspended and with Djené a major injury doubt.
With their pacy attackers and midfielders who like to get forward and join the attack, Almería will look to exploit Getafe’s defensive absences on Wednesday evening. The odds for a fourth home win in a row are all the way up at 2.20, but it doesn’t make much sense to opt for the draw-no-bet option since Almería have drawn just one match all season.
Real Mallorca v Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid might be the team in all of Spanish football who need the World Cup break to arrive asap. Having been knocked out of the Champions League, having fallen behind in LaLiga and having experienced fan protests, the club is in a period of turmoil and that was exemplified by the fact that Atleti could only draw 1-1 at home with Espanyol on Sunday despite playing with a man advantage for more than an hour of the game.
Diego Simeone has been through crises before and he’ll surely be able to turn Atlético Madrid around, but this looks like a tired squad and a tired club, one that needs the World Cup break in order to reset.
Before that, though, they have this difficult trip away to Real Mallorca. The islanders are a well-coached unit under Javier Aguirre and possess one of the best centre-forwards in the division in Vedat Muriqi. They are absolutely capable of capitalising on any opponent that shows a flash of weakness, as they did this past weekend by winning 2-0 away at Quique Setién’s work-in-progress Villarreal. They are also the exact kind of team that Atlético Madrid struggle against, as Simeone’s side prefer to face more attacking opponents who’ll leave space in behind. But, that’s not Mallorca’s game.
While Atlético Madrid are still Atlético Madrid, making them the bookies’ favourites for this game, a double chance bet on the islanders could prove profitable if Atleti do slip up again and make it five consecutive matches without a win.
Valencia v Real Betis
Valencia and Real Betis both started the season well, but their LaLiga form has dropped off in recent weeks as Valencia haven’t won any of their past five in the league, while Real Betis have just one win from their past four domestically.
The main reason for this drop-off in form is that both these teams are scoring less than they were. Valencia were scoring 1.67 goals per game in August and September and Real Betis were also scoring 1.67 in those same two months, but this has dropped to 1.29 goals per game scored by Valencia in October and November, and down to just 1.00 for Real Betis.
For this midweek duel, both teams might struggle once again to find the back of the net. With Valencia, that’s because Edinson Cavani remains a major injury doubt and it’s unlikely he’ll be risked just ahead of the World Cup. Without him, Valencia really struggled to take their chances in the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad, even though they had a man advantage for more than 70 minutes of the match.
In the case of Real Betis, they should struggle in attack this Thursday because three members of their usual front four won’t be available. Juanmi remains injured, while Nabil Fekir and Borja Iglesias are both suspended after being sent off in the 1-1 derby draw with Sevilla in Matchday 13. That means only Sergio Canales is likely to be present up front out of the usual starters and he does tend to struggle when playing back-to-back games across a weekend and midweek.
Add to this the fact that these two teams boast some of the best goalkeepers in the division, and this could be a very low-scoring affair.
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