A huge matchup in the La Liga race for European competition is set to take place on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, when Getafe hosts Villarreal. Both clubs are looking to secure their Europa League positions and get back into a fringe Champions League race. This game will air live on beIN SPORTS at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Entering Monday, July 6, 2020, Getafe sit in sixth place, with 53 points, and are right in the thick of the European competition races. Getafe are one point behind Villarreal and four points behind Sevilla, who have a game in hand, for that final Champions League spot. Real Sociedad are three points behind Getafe in the final Europa League spot and Athletic Bilbao, the last team out of Europe currently, sits on 48 points.
Villarreal sit in fifth place, with 54 points, and are in the same situation as Getafe. Points is the name of the game at this point and Villarreal can almost secure a Europa League berth wit a victory.
Below is my pick for the La Liga action between Getafe and Villarreal. All odds are from William Hill Sportsbook.
Getafe (+155) vs Villarreal (+200) Draw (+200)
Getafe visited middle of the table Osasuna and played to a dull 0-0 draw. There were only three total shots on goal, and one real scoring chance, so a scoreless draw was the correct result in this one. Getafe now have one win, four draws, and one loss since the La Liga season restarted. Entering Monday, July 6, 2020, Getafe are the seventh best home club in Spain thanks to an 8-6-3 record and 30 points.
Villarreal hosted title contenders Barcelona and suffered a rough 4-1 defeat. It was an entertaining first half that saw four goals scored and got started with a Pau Francisco Torres own goal in the third minute. Gerard Moreno tied it up for the Villarreal in the 14th minute, but a Luis Suarez goal in the 20th minute and an Antoine Griezmann goal in the 45th gave Barcelona a commanding lead at the half. Ansu Fati added another goal in the 86th minute to get us to the final score. The loss was Villarreal’s first defeat since the season restarted. Villarreal are the third best road club thanks to an 8-1-8 record and 25 points.
Series History: These two clubs have met 36 times in the past and Villarreal holds a 19-8-9 advantage. Villarreal won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in mid-December.
cThis is a tough one, but I am going to back Villarreal to get the win on the road.
2020 Results: 72-57