Valencia vs Getafe
Copa del Rey
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Kick-off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
Getafe are enjoying a strong season and they are in good shape to make it even better by knocking Valencia out of the Copa del Rey. The club from just outside Madrid lead this quarter-final tie 1-0 on aggregate after a goal from substitute Jorge Molina in the 77th minute of the opening leg. Avoiding defeat at the Mestalla Stadium would be therefore good enough to send Getafe into the last four and dreaming of a third appearance in the final of the King’s Cup, emulating their achievements of 2007 and 2008 when they lost to Sevilla and Valencia respectively. Sixth in La Liga table, Pepe Bordalas’ side are one place and two points ahead of Valencia who have improved their home form considerably with seven wins and two draws in their last nine matches at the Mestalla. The ratio of recent victories suggests Los Che are capable of turning around this tie, but it should also be considered that Getafe have won four of their last six matches and their latest defeat to Atletico Madrid was their first away from home since the very first weekend of the season – at Real Madrid. That ability to grind out results on their travels means the club nicknamed the Azulones should not be underestimated here and we will back them to avoid defeat and progress to the semi-finals.
Valencia vs Getafe Head-to-head
Getafe has been successful in recent h2h meetings with Valencia as they picked 3 wins out of 4 while losing once. Valencia still hold an excellent record against Getafe at the Mestalla having won 7 straight games between 2007 and 2012. However, the Azulones bagged a 2-1 win from their last visit to Mestalla. Both teams scored in 80% of their last 15 h2h encounters at this stadium; and 73% of the games during that period recorded 3 or more goals.
Valencia vs Getafe Prediction
This could be an intriguing battle with both teams hitting top form in recent weeks. Valencia come into this game on the back of an unbeaten home record since November 2018 (7 wins & 2 draws). On top of that, they are in excellent scoring form averaging 2.1 goals per game during that 9-match span. However, the visitors are no pushovers and thus we cannot fully rely on an outright home win or back Valencia to qualify to the semi-final. Remember, a 2-1 home win still push them out of the competition on away goals. While Getafe has been one of the tough teams to beat both home and away this season. Their defeat to Atletico this weekend is the first away defeat since August (5 wins & 7 draws). Another thing to mention is Getafe’s knack of scoring goals on the road. They consistently scored in 11 away games before falling to Simeone’s men 0-2 last time. To sum up, punters can expect some attacking football from the hosts and at the same time put faith in the visitors to grab a goal on the counter.
Bet Getafe AH (+0.5) Odds 2.04