This is a year that most of us who lived through it will never forget. It has changed the way in which we do everything, which includes watching sports. While we are seeing football back in action, it is with games played in empty stadiums and players trying to deal with a condensed schedule that sees games coming every 3 or 4 days. The pace at which the games are arriving is tough to handle, with some teams dealing with it better than others. It has made the title races that much more challenging, especially in La Liga, where Real Madrid and Barcelona are going toe to toe. It is Madrid who have risen to the challenge of the new normal, while Barcelona have been dropping points and losing ground in the title race that they led prior to the lockdown. It is Real Madrid who now have their nose in front with a chance to increase their lead on Thursday, when they welcome in Getafe for a La Liga showdown. Real Madrid are favored by 1 in their own building, with the goal total for this one set at 2 ½.
When: Thursday, July 2 at 4 PM EST
Where: Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, Madrid
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Why bet on Real Madrid
Prior to the lockdown, Real Madrid were on a run of form that put their title challenge in serious doubt. The ability to get their players healthy during the break seems to have worked wonders, as they now have a chance to go 4 points clear at the top with a win on Thursday afternoon. Madrid are grinding out wins on the road, with the latest being a 1-0 win away from home against Espanyol. The results may not be considered dominant, but right now, it’s all about picking up those points and continuing to keep the pressure on Barcelona, who are floundering. Madrid have been impossible to beat at home, winning 12 and drawing 4 of their 16 games. In those 16 games, they have scored 35 goals and surrendered just 10.
Why bet on Getafe
It would be very east to write off Getafe given the monumental task ahead of them, but that would absolutely be a mistake. They are currently sitting in 5th in La Liga, which puts them in the Europa League spot, and with a win here, they could get within a point of the 4 UCL places. They are coming off a huge 2-1 win over Real Sociedad in their last game, a victory that put some breathing space between themselves and one of the teams trying to run down that EL spot. That said, they are now on a run of 3 straight games where they have failed to score against Real Madrid, which includes a 3-0 defeat at home earlier this season. On the road, Getafe are 6-4-5, scoring 18 goals and surrendering 15.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While this can certainly not be considered an easy one, Real Madrid have a 100% record since returning and are consistently finding ways to win. I think they do it again on Thursday with another solid defensive showing.
Real Madrid 2 Getafe 0