Real Madrid v Getafe Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Having suffered a disappointing defeat in the UEFA Super Cup against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, Real Madrid begin their La Liga campaign with another clash against a local rival.

For the first time ever their are five sides from the region of Madrid in the Spanish top flight, and the visit of Getafe to the Bernaebu on Sunday evening is the first of a number of derbies for Los Blancos this term.

Despite the defeat to Atletico, there were positives for Julen Lopetegui to take from the performance and the new manager will be hoping his side can record their tenth successive win against Getafe.

Latest odds

Real Madrid are priced at 1/5 (1.20) with bet365 to get off to a winning start, while Getafe can be backed at 12/1 (13.00) to record a shock victory. The draw is available at 6/1 (7.00).

Alvaro Jimenez Getafe

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Team news

Luka Modric started the midweek European clash on the bench following his late return from his summer holiday, but could be in line to start here.

Getafe will be without combative midfielder Markel Bergara, who picked up an injury this week.

Preview

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Madrid’s nine consecutive wins against Los Azulones have seen them score 35 goals in the process, and generally the trip to the north of the Spanish capital has been a tough fixture for Getafe.

Cristiano Ronaldo was particularly fond of scoring against Geta, netting 23 times against them, yet with the Portuguese forward gone Madrid will need goals from elsewhere.

The Europeans champions should still be too strong for Pepe Bordalas’ men, but Real Madrid’s opening games of the season are often low-scoring affairs.

Tips and predictions

Real Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals in the game is priced at 11/10 (2.10) and this looks like a solid option, given it has paid out in Madrid’s opening league fixture in the last two seasons.

Prices correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly. 

Betting Banner - Best BetReal Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake at bet365

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How Real Madrid will line up in 2018-19

Real Madrid were stunned by the summer departures of coach Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving new coach Julen Lopetegui to face the daunting task of maintaining the club’s high standards in a time of disarray.

The 4-2 defeat by city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup underlined that Real must improve quickly if they are to avoid a repeat of the slow start that cost them the chance to challenge for the title last season.

Lopetegui, who was unceremoniously sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup after agreeing to take charge at the Santiago Bernabeu after the tournament, has not had long to impress his ideas upon the squad, as his international stars returned in dribs and drabs through the summer after extended holidays because of Russia 2018.

So, with their league campaign starting on Sunday against Getafe, Lopetegui will essentially have to tinker with his team as he goes.

Still, while some key figures have departed, Madrid still boast a squad full of stellar talent…


Goalkeepers


Thibaut Courtois Belgium 2018 World Cup

Madrid enter the season with a bloated roster of five goalkeepers, although new signing Thibaut Courtois is expected to claim the No.1 spot from Keylor Navas, having pushed through a move back to the Spanish capital from Chelsea.

The former Atletico ace insists he has not been assured of a starting berth but it would be a huge surprise if he does not take to the field for the Liga opener against Getafe given Keylor Navas shipped four goals against Atleti in midweek, with Costa Rican badly beaten at his near post for Diego Costa’s opener.

Granted, Courtois still needs to gain match fitness after his excellent exploits with Belgium at the World Cup, but it is really a case of when rather than if he usurps Navas as Real’s first-choice shot-stopper.

Elsewhere, Andriy Lunin, 19, has joined from Zorya Luhansk and will provide back up, as former Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is likely to find another club before the Spanish transfer window shuts at the end of August.

As for Luca Zidane, the 20-year-old son of former coach Zinedine, he may leave on loan to gain further experience in between the sticks.


Defenders


Alvaro Odriozola Real Madrid

Madrid have only added Spain international right-back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad to a defence which was shaky for much of last season, while young Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi moving to Borussia Dortmund on loan.

There is no natural reserve for Marcelo at left-back after Theo Hernandez moved to Real Sociedad on loan but the versatile and ever-willing Nacho Fernandez has provided cover there before.

Fabio Coentrao has returned from Sporting Lisbon but Madrid are trying to move him on, while the rest of the defence remains as it was.

Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos will be backed up by Jesus Vallejo in the middle, while Odriozola will compete with compatriot Dani Carvajal for the right-back berth.

Under Zidane, Madrid’s leaky defence was a problem and although Lopetegui maintained a mean back-line with Spain, the Super Cup shocker underlined that he will need some time to get his rearguard watertight.


Midfielders


Luka Modric Real Madrid

Mateo Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan as part of the deal to bring Courtois to the Spanish capital and Madrid have, thus far, ignored Lopetegui’s request for a replacement for the Croatia international.

That hints at an increased role for Marcos Llorente in a midfield which otherwise will look identical to last season now that Florentino Perez has refused to allow Luka Modric to move to Inter.

The Croatian, Germany’s Toni Kroos and Brazilian anchorman Casemiro have been a formidable midfield trio over the past few seasons and they will be Real’s engine room again this term.

Dani Ceballos will provide able back-up, even though the 22-year-old would benefit from regular football after stagnating somewhat since his arrival from Real Betis last summer.

However, Lopetegui will face a question that troubled his predecessor: how do you fit Isco and Bale into the team?

Both started in the Super Cup defeat by Atletico in a 4-3-3 formation, lining up alongside Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio in attack, with Isco taking the place of Modric, who was left on the bench after only recently returning form holiday.

Isco was an essential part of Lopetegui’s Spain side and the coach may choose to deploy him ahead of the Modric-Casemiro-Kroos triumvirate as part of a 4-4-2 formation.


Attackers


Gareth Bale Karim Benzema Real Madrid

Should Lopetegui opt for that formation, then Bale would be forced into a central attacking role, as a direct replacement for Ronaldo, with Karim Benzema his likely foil.

In a 4-3-3, Bale would play on the right wing, as he did in the Super Cup, with Asensio on the left and Benzema leading the line through the middle.

The 22-year-old Asensio is an exciting prospect and will certainly expect an increased role this season after breaking through well last term.

Lucas Vazquez provides support on the flanks and Borja Mayoral is a centre-forward option but without Ronaldo, Madrid’s front line looks short of a pure goalscorer.

New signing Vinicius Junior is not expected to immediately play a significant role for the first team, having been registered with one of the club’s youth sides, but he has impressed enormously in pre-season and fans are optimistic that he will be seen regularly at the Bernabeu this season.


Manager


Ernesto Valverde Barcelona unveiling

Lopetegui took a job that several other coaches unsurprisingly turned down. After all, following up Zidane’s three Champions League wins in three years is no easy task, and having to do so without Ronaldo makes it all the more arduous.

Still, while the former Real Madrid B team coach had a tough time at Porto, where he was sacked after failing to win a trophy, his fine work with the Spanish youth teams (and later the national side) was impressive.

However, by just signing Courtois and Odriozola, Perez has sold the new coach short, considering Madrid finished a shocking 17 points behind last season’s Liga champions Barcelona.

Indeed, given the current climate of unease, it will not take long for things to sour for Lopetegui if he can not get Madrid off to a good start.


How Real Madrid could line up


Lopetegui will need to experiment with his squad and the 4-3-3 he lined up with against Atletico could ultimately be ditched for a 4-4-2, so that he can fit Bale and Isco into the same team.

While players are still gathering match fitness, the coach will have more freedom to leave big names out of the side and settle on his tactics, but should he stick with 4-3-3, he may shoehorn Isco in on the left, by offering him the freedom to roam and create.

The defence and midfield appear set in stone, with the formation and which one of Bale, Isco or Asensio to leave out the only outstanding issues… for now!

Real Madrid lineup PS

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I can see Neymar joining Real Madrid, says Berchiche

Neymar is likely to join Real Madrid if he decides to return to La Liga from Paris Saint-Germain, ex-team-mate Yuri Berchiche has said.

The Brazil star continues to be linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, though he has insisted he is happy in France and last month Madrid denied they have made any bid for him.

Yuri, who spent last season with PSG before heading back to Spain to join Athletic Bilbao, thinks Neymar is likely to join the European champions if he does leave PSG, despite any strong links to old club Barcelona.

“I see him returning but more in white than in blue and red,” Yuri told El Larguero.

“He was very happy at Barcelona. He still likes La Liga because I spoke with him about it, we have a good friendship, and he’s a fantastic person.

“If he joins Madrid I wish him the best of luck.”

Neymar marked his return to domestic action with a goal in the 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Caen last Sunday.

He has four years left on the contract he signed last year when he moved from Barca in a world-record deal.

Berchiche himself has returned to his former youth side Athletic after one year in the French capital and is excited to get the new season underway.

“The atmosphere is fabulous, we really want to start knowing that last year was not a good season,” he said. “It ‘s important to start with three points against our fans.

“It’s important that we have are united and go in the same direction to make this a great season.”

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