Getafe hosts Athletic Bilbao in round 2 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Saturday, August 24th at Coliseum Alfonso Perez (Getafe)
Getafe held a very strange match against Atlético: at first, the Madrid team simply destroyed Getafe with its starting onslaught, then two red cards followed (Jorge Molina and Renan Lodi were removed). As a result, the game ceased to be with such an advantage in favor of Atlético, but this I happened due to Diego Simeone's decision rather than Getafe's coolness. But even in conditions when space became larger and it became easier to attack, Getafe essentially did not create anything - I remember only a long-range shot. Of course, it represented a certain danger, but if a long-range shot from 25 meters is the main attempt of the match, the team has big problems with the attack. Atletico, according to Understat, had 4 goal attempts - a goal of Morata, a penalty in his performance, Vitolo's one-on-one and João Felix’s shot after a pass from same Alvaro Morata. Getafe lost outright in terms of the expected goals: Atletico had 2.45 expected goals, Getafe had 0.33. It is also worth noting that one of the best strikers of Getafe Jorge Molina will miss the match against Athletic from Bilbao (because of the red card).
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Athletic Bilbao held a great match against Barcelona, which, speaking about the game features, it won deservedly - in the first half, the Basques lost the ball but owned the territory, and Barcelona played 4-3-3 with de Jong as a playmaker at that moment. Nevertheless, Athletic defended very solidly as part of its system (they played 4-2-3-1 throughout the match). Athletic withstood and managed to score a goal at the very end of the match. This is the case when the very first goal in the championship is likely to be the most beautiful in the entire tournament - Aritz Aduriz scored while falling. I also want to repeat that Athletic plays in a defensive style under Gaizka Garitano. You may just look at ball possession - only 28% in a match with Barcelona, and they possess very little on average.
As you understand, two defensive teams meet in the upcoming match: the system of Bordalas in Getafe is generally called 4-4-2-0; Garitano also taught his team to defend well and attack with the high balls (remember the goal of Aduriz), although it is rather forced measure in his case. Athletic resembles the national team because it’s almost impossible to buy the right player – the team can only raise him (or return him from a lease to a less status team from Basque Country). Given the styles of both teams, it seems to me that you should not expect a large number of goals scored in the upcoming match.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored