Getafe vs Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid to win- 10/11!
An opening weekend Madrid derby, so can Getafe spring a massive Monday night surprise?
Getafe hadn’t so much as scored a goal in 20 matches against Diego Simeone’s Atleti, before breaking this hoodoo last season.
However, they still managed to lose both meetings, 2-1 at home and 4-3 at the Metropolitano.
So, an away win does seem likely at Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.
As defending champions, Atlético Madrid slumped to a third place finish last season and, at one stage, their top four place was under threat.
So, this summer, los Colchoneros’ squad has undergone some changes, although not as many as some would’ve hoped.
Šime Vrsaljko, Héctor Herrera and Luis Suárez have all departed with Nahuel Molina the new right-back and Axel Witsel boosting midfield options.
The headline news though is that Álvaro Morata is back after a two-year loan at Juventus, who didn’t want to splash the cash to bring in the striker permanently.
Can a combination of he, João Félix, Antoine Griezmann, Ángel Correa Thomas Lemar and Matheus Cunha all fit into the same system?
Given all the uncertainty surrounding Atleti, can Getafe spring an opening weekend surprise?
Azulones failed to win any of their first 11 matches last season, losing the first seven in-a-row.
But, Quique Sánchez Flores then came in and, amazingly, guided them to 15th.
So, this is Getafe’s sixth successive season in La Liga, only spending one of the last 19 seasons outside the top-flight.
New signings Kiko Casilla, Portu, Domingos Duarte, Luis Milla and Fabrizio Angileri could all debut for the home side.
Will Atlético Madrid be too strong on the south side of the city?