Atletico Madrid vs Getafe Prediction & Match Preview

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Atletico Madrid vs Getafe brings us some fantastic La Liga action on Sunday afternoon. What a test this will be for last year’s cinderella story Getafe. Will they be able to prove that their 5th place finish last season was no fluke against one of world football’s best clubs. Meanwhile, Atletico will be looking to cement their spot as Madrid’s best club by finishing ahead of Real Madrid for a third consecutive season. Sparks are sure to fly in this contest as La Liga’s first matchday ends with Atletico Madrid vs Getafe.

Atletico Madrid vs Getafe Prediction & Match Preview

Sunday, August 18 – 16:00 EST – Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

Atletico Madrid were in a peculiar spot last season. Barcelona were outright winners finishing 11 points ahead of second place Atletico. However, Atletico finished a substantial 8 points ahead of Real Madrid. They played well enough to stand out as La Liga’s second best club last season. They will need to improve if they want to dethrone a Barcelona squad who have added Griezmann and de Jong. Club legend Simeone will be looking to find the same success he achieved during the 2013-2014 campaign which saw Atletico win the championship. After the three high profile departures of Griezmann, Hernández and Rodri netted them a combined 270 million euros, they had some shoes to fill. Furthermore club legends, Godin, Juanfran and Felipe Luis all departed as well. One of Atletico’s arrivals is already looking like the signing of the decade. Portuguese centre forward João Felix joins the club for a monster fee of 126 million euros. Felix has the potential to be the next great footballing star on the level of Messi and countryman Ronaldo.

In their first year after being promoted in 2017-2018, Getafe finished 8th. This is exceptional for a promotion team in such a competitive league. They then proved doubters wrong last campaign by securing 5th place. A miraculous 2 points back from a Champions League spot. This year will round out their third consecutive year in La Liga and will provide excellent data regarding the club’s unchanging ambition to finish above the top 10. What makes these statistics so impressive is Getafe’s financial power or should I say lack thereof. By no means are Getafe big earners or spenders. They will be overjoyed with the profit they generated by finishing 5th and having the opportunity to play Europa League matches. There are no notable departures or arrivals to speak of. Getafe will look to get by on their hard work once more.