Getafe set for shock European return


As La Liga enters it’s final stages of the 2018-19 season, the shake up for European qualification is beginning to take shape – with Getafe a surprise candidate to finish in the qualification spots.

The side from South Madrid have maintained their consistent form since December 2018, with just two La Liga defeats in their last 11 league games – against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Jose Bordalas’ side are currently in fifth place and in prime position to qualify for European football for the first time since 2011.

Home form has been the key to their push towards the top six/seven this season, with four defeats at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in league and cup action in 2018-19.

That was the case last season, with Bordalas overseeing seven league defeats in the whole campaign, however his side narrowly missed out on Europe, eventually finishing 8th, three points behind Sevilla.

Sevilla are set to be their biggest rival for the remainder of the season, however this time around, they are battling for a Champions League spot rather than a Europa one.

Getafe are two points behind the Andalusian side, but they have the simpler immediate run of games and no Europa League ties to distract them from La Liga action.

They will be confident of facing any side at home, and their next three home games are against relegation battling Rayo Vallecano and Huesca, and mid table city rival Leganes.

In that same period, Pablo Machin’s Sevilla host Barcelona and Real Sociedad, either side of a Europa League last 32 double header against Serie A side Lazio.

This could open a window for Getafe to make a shock push for Champions League football for 2019-20, with the safety net of Europa League qualification still a strong possibility.

Bordalas has looked to maintain consistency in his selections this season, with nine players starting 15 or more of their 23 La Liga games so far.

This has provided a platform to build on, with Bordalas continuing to get the best out of attacking pair Angel and Jorge Molina.

They netted 13 and seven goals respectively last season, and have scored five and nine so far in 2018-19.

Their form will be definitive in the coming weeks, and if they can keep scoring goals between now and May – Getafe are in a real position to dream of the Champions League.

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