Can Villa recover his golden touch against Getafe?
Voted “statistically the best striker on the planet” by the prestigious World Soccer magazine (who William Hill are sponsoring a World Cup preview within), Valencia’s David Villa (11/4 to score first, 4/5 anytime) has, by his standards, been going through something of a barren spell in recent times with only one goal in his last eight La Liga games.
Linked with Barca, Real, Man Utd and Chelsea every day, Villa is one considered one of the hottest properties in football and is expected to move to one of those clubs in the summer. For now however, he must concentrate on getting back amongst the goals when debt-stricken Valencia (8/15) host Copa Del Rey Semi finalists Getafe (5/1).
Injuries to other players and trying too hard have left Valencia’s number seven frustrated, and a disappointing draw with Sporting along with a pathetic defeat in Belgium has shattered Valencia’s tag as being great away from home.
Of course this is a home game for Los Che who have, in recent times, begun to reverse their fortunes at the Mestalla with three league wins in a row.
Valencia coach Unai Emery must now make sure that it becomes four in a row as fourth placed Sevilla ruined Mallorca’s perfect home record on Saturday night, and are now only one point behind the third placed Los Che.
Valencia do have the edge in head-to-head records (that count above goal difference in Spain) over Sevilla, but if Unai’s boys are to take the third Champions League spot and avoid potentially facing the fourth best team in England or Italy via a qualifying round, a win here could prove crucial in attaining that target.
Dependant on the regime in charge at the time, Getafe manager Michel is probably a future Real Madrid manager and it must be said that his current charges play some lovely passing football.
Sadly their neat football will be without the finishing touch of top scorer Roberto Soldado who, had he not been suspended for this game, would have been a player I would have backed to get a goal against his home town club (and possibly future employers) in this Monday night fixture.
Getafe’s Pedro Leon will however take to the field and with Valencia’s left back Mathieu sidelined for the rest of the season, the right winger could have a field day at the Mestalla and is available at 14/1 to score the first goal or 4/1 anytime.
The club and its fans must still be haunted by their failure to beat Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey, and this evening play a fixture they have never won (Valencia have won the last three).
Interestingly, Getafe have not drawn a single away league match this season, but did draw here a few years ago.
Given Valencia’s iffy form (only one win in their last four league games), that result (draw @ 13/5) is not out of the question, nor is an away win (5/1).
Tough game to call, but for those who believe in it, the “if in doubt pick a home win” theory could prove to be a winner tonight.
Sadly Sky currently have no plans to show Monday night La Liga, but if you can find a way to watch this matchup (PPV in Spain) it should not disappoint.
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