Real Madrid will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of La Liga this weekend when they travel to face a Getafe side that are looking for their third successive league win.
As things stand, Madrid are seven points clear of rivals Barcelona at the top of the table and with Pep Guardiola’s men not playing until slightly later on Saturday evening, they have the chance to extend this lead to a significant 10 points.
This would put added pressure on Barca for their home clash with Real Sociedad. Having said that, Madrid should simply be focused on their own game and not worried by what Barcelona are doing.
After all, the title race is in Madrid’s hands. After a run of just one defeat in 17 league games, they are in a tremendous position to win the title and need to maintain their focus for every single fixture.
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Jose Mourinho will welcome back Sergio Ramos at tight back, while Ricardo Carvalho is sure to partner Pepe in the centre of defence.
As for Getafe, well they are in a good run of form themselves right now. They may only be 9th in the table, but they are unbeaten in six games and have picked up valuable away wins at Racing Santander and Levante in their last two games.
Looking at their aims for the rest of the campaign, a top six finish a very realistic ambition and they will be keen to show their credientials for this against the league leaders on Saturday. Luis Garcia Plaza will have to make do without Alberto Lopo and Dani Guiza who are both ruled out through suspension.
Getafe will also be pleased to be back on home soil, despite their success on the road in the last few weeks. At Coliseum Alfonso Perez this season, they have only lost once and even managed a famous victory over Barcelona back in November.
As for the recent history between these two teams, Real Madrid have won the last six league encounters, a run Cristiano Ronaldo and co will be hoping to continue on Saturday evening from 7pm.