Following a relatively disappointing draw last time out, defending La Liga champions Atletico Madrid will look to make a return to winning ways on Tuesday, when they travel to take on Getafe.
Having failed to collect a point so far, the hosts sit in 19th spot in the La Liga table, while Los Colchoneros sit on 11 points from their opening five outings.
Having only avoided relegation by four points last season, Getafe will have headed into the new campaign with the hopes of a more comfortable finish, but they have had a particularly disappointing start, failing to pick up a point from their first five games.
While defeats to Valencia, Sevilla and Barcelona in the first three games are understandable, Michel’s side have failed to take advantage of two more manageable matches in the last week, as they firstly lost 1-0 at home to Elche.
The Azulones travelled to take on newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano last time out, and they were handed a 3-0 thrashing as Oscar Trejo put the hosts ahead inside the first 20 minutes and Pathe Ciss and Radamel Falcao capped off a dominant performance with second-half goals.
Michel’s side now face the unenviable task of taking on the champions in their desperate search for a result, with only Alaves’ inferior goal difference preventing them from sitting at the foot of the division, having scored just one goal in their opening five outings.
Atletico Madrid started their title defence with back-to-back victories over Celta Vigo and Elche but were then held to a 2-2 draw by Villarreal.
Diego Simeone’s men bounced back with a narrow 2-1 win over newly-promoted Espanyol, as Thomas Lemar hit a 99th-minute winner, before being held to a goalless draw by Portuguese outfit Porto in their opening group game of this year’s Champions League.
Los Colchoneros now come into Tuesday’s game on the back of consecutive goalless draws, as Saturday’s clash with Athletic Bilbao also ended as a stalemate, with Simeone’s side arguably showing a lack of a cutting edge so far this term.
With the likes of Real Madrid enjoying strong starts to the season, Atletico Madrid will know that they cannot afford to lose much ground at this stage of the title race, and will be keen to get back to winning ways and build a run of results.
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We say: Getafe 0-2 Atletico Madrid
Given Getafe’s poor start to the new season, Tuesday presents a good opportunity for Simeone’s men to build confidence and return to winning ways.
While they have not been overly convincing so far, Los Colchoneros boast the quality to cruise past their hosts and put a much-needed victory on the board.