Verdict: Getafe to qualify
Best Odds: 19/20
Looking to punch their Copa del Rey semi-final ticket on Tuesday night, Getafe will welcome Sevilla to the Estadio Coliseum.
Starting with the hosts, while Getafe might have found themselves at the heart of a La Liga relegation scrap last season, Jose Bordalas’ side have made a string of improvements this time around. Last seen extending on their Copa del Rey adventure as they secured a 1-0 victory away at Espanyol, the Blues are battling it out in the top-half of the table and the mood in their camp should be at a real high. Signing off 2023 with an action-packed performance away at former Spanish champions Atletico Madrid as they eventually snatched a 3-3 draw, Getafe have remarkably lost just a pair of their last 16 straight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to September 24th. While a famous European finish might be slightly out of reach for Bordalas’ squad this season, they should be dreaming of the chance to mount a genuine Copa del Rey charge. Storming their way to a stellar 3-0 romp when they travelled to Sevilla last month for a top-flight showdown, Getafe will be seeking a repeat performance.
Still dealing with a long-term knee injury and not making a single appearance since the end of October, Getafe will once again be without Uruguayan midfielder Mauro Aramabrri. Despite currently serving a La Liga ban, Bordalas are available to call upon Manchester United loanee Mason Greenwood on Tuesday night.
Continuing to shine this season and notching 12 La Liga strikes in his first 19 appearances, one-time Real Madrid starlet Borja Mayoral will spearhead Getafe’s charge in midweek. Serbia international Nemanja Maksimovic will once again be partnered with Luis Milla at the heart of Bordalas midfield.
As for the visitors, although Sevilla might have extended on their own respective Copa del Rey adventure earlier in the month as they snatched a 2-1 win away at Ferrol, Quique Sanchez Flores finds his squad in the midst of an extended crisis. Coming under more scrutiny over the weekend as they slumped to an action-packed 3-2 defeat at home against Alaves, Los Nervionenses are firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap. Currently holding just a one-point buffer from slipping into the drop zone, the one-time Watford boss already has mounting pressure on his shoulders. Signing off 2023 with a toothless display as they were hit with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla have lost five of their previous six appearances against La Liga opposition. Gaining a reputation for their glaring defensive issues, Tuesday’s guests should also be worried by their most recent meeting against Getafe. Slumping to a woeful 3-0 drumming when they welcomed the Blues to town on December 16th, Flores’ downbeat squad should be bracing themselves for a stern examination here.
All still dealing with respective injury issues, Sevilla will be unable to call upon the likes of Marcus Acuna, Nemanja Gudelj, Dodi Lukebakio and former Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela. Likewise, away with Morocco at this month’s Africa Cup of Nations, attacking talisman Youssef En Nesyri will not feature on Tuesday night.
Coming off the bench and bagging a consolation strike against Alaves last week, 26-year-old Rafa Mir could be handed a full recall here. Returning from a long-term injury issue last month, Marcao will once again partner ex-Real Madrid icon Sergio Ramos at the heart of Sevilla’s defence in midweek.
Key Factors to Consider
- When Getafe and Sevilla last met on December 16th, Tuesday’s hosts stormed their way to a 3-0 romp at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
- Getafe have lost just a pair of their previous 16 straight appearances across all competitions.
- Sevilla have lost six of their last eight matchups across all formats – a run that stems back to December 6th.
- Likewise, Sevilla have collected just a single victory away at La Liga opposition since back on May 14th.
- Getafe have suffered just a single domestic defeat in front of their own supporters since back on April 26th.
Storming their way to a stunning 3-0 romp when they travelled to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last month, Getafe should be confident of making another statement here. Smelling a golden chance to punch their Copa del Rey semi-final ticket on Tuesday night, the Blues should be relishing Sevilla’s arrival in midweek. With Getafe remarkably losing just a pair of their previous 16 straight appearances across all competitions, Los Nervionenses should be bracing themselves for another stern examination. Mustering just a single victory away at La Liga opposition over the past eight months, we are backing Getafe to extend on their Copa del Rey adventure here.
Verdict: Getafe to qualify
Best Odds: 19/20