This has all the makings of a close game between two sides currently occupying mid-table positions. Both sides are well placed to pounce in the battle for Europa League football but a slump in form now for either would most likely result in an unremarkable end to the campaign with little left to play.
Although the table suggests they are evenly matched, they are very different types of teams and have found their success this term via very different approaches. Getafe are very workmanlike with a big target man up front and play in a fairly direct, not typically Spanish style at times. Boss José Bordalás has his detractors in Spain but he has done a cracking job at Getafe who are well on course to easily beat the drop on their return to the top flight.
Celta Vigo are only two points and two places better off but have a far more technically gifted side. They take risks and score a lot of goals with Maxi Gomez and Iago Aspas enjoying exceptional seasons up top. They both rank in the top five for goals scored in La Liga this term with 27 goals between them, while Pione Sisto has been one of the most creative players in Europe in terms of assists.
Defensively though Celta aren’t anywhere near as solid as Getafe with 1.48 goals per game conceded, compared to the Madrid club’s 0.91. Therefore we have a huge contrast in styles here and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of game develops. Overall it’s hard to strongly fancy either side will come out on top.
Getafe head into this game following four straight draws. Although they have an outside shot at Europe, Bordalas seems content with churning out the points and making sure they do secure another season at this level. He’d probably be relatively content with a draw here too and having avoided defeat in 75% of their home league games this term, they should get something out of the game.
Celta are in truth the better side but there’s a reason they are 9th and not right in the midst of the top six battle. They have too many sloppy moments and just a 17% clean sheet ratio, which suggests we will see the hosts score at some point here. Getafe are better at the back than most of Celta’s recent opponents so they won’t be able to cut through them at will and we should see a pretty even game as a result, and backing the Draw looks good in the Full Time result market.
Head To Head
Getafe have won 4 of their last 5 home games against Celta. The sides drew 1-1 in Galicia earlier this term.
Getafe vs Celta Vigo Stats
- Getafe could draw five La Liga games in a row for the first time ever (four currently).
- Celta are the only La Liga side with the same number of points earned at home (16) as they have on the road (16) this season.
- Getafe have conceded the most fouls in La Liga this season (408).
- Angel Rodriguez (eight) and Jorge Molina (five) have scored half of Getafe’s goals in La Liga this season (13 out of 26).
- No player has scored more headers than Maxi Gomez in La Liga this season (six, level with Cristhian Stuani).