A top five clash is on the schedule in Spain this weekend as third place Getafe host fifth place Valencia on Saturday February 8, 2020. This game could go a long way into which team gets the final Champions League spot in La Liga.
Getafe enter this weekend in third place in La Liga, but are in a tight race with a few other teams for the final two Champions League spots. Getafe are tied on point with fourth place Sevilla and just two points ahead of Valencia who currently are occupying the first Europa League spot. Just three points behind Getafe are the struggling Atletico Madrid. Getafe are out of the Copa del Rey, but are preparing for a Round of 32 Europa League clash with Ajax in a few weeks.
Valencia enter match day 23 occupying fifth place and the first Europa League spot. Los Ches are just two points back of their opponent this week, Getafe, for fourth place and the final Champions League spot and are just four points back of Sevilla in third place. Valencia have a quarterfinal Copa del Rey match-up at Granada mid-week and will look to continue their recent good form as they prepare for a Round of 16 Champions League match-up with Atalanta in a few weeks.
Below is my pick for the La Liga action between Getafe and Valencia. All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Getafe (+115) vs Valencia (+260) Draw (+210)
Getafe scored one goal in each half to comfortably beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on the road. Bilbao dominated possession, but only looked dangerous a few times as Getafe was content to defend and counterattack their way to a victory. Getafe have now won three games in a row as they are proving themselves to be a legit top four contender this season. Getafe are a top seven team at home this season having won 21 points from a possible 33.
Valencia used a 77th minute goal from Carlos Soler to come away with a tough 1-0 win over relegation candidate Celta Vigo. This was an extremely tight game and Valencia will be happy to come away with a big three points. Valencia have now won four straight games, in all competitions, including their last two in the league. Los Ches is a mid-table road club in Spain having won just 11 points from a possible 30.
Series History: The last 10 meetings between these two clubs have been tight as both teams have won three games and they have played to four draws.
Game Prediction: I don’t see much separating these two clubs so I am backing a draw at +260.
2020 Results: 12-8