Fresh from booking their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Villarreal will resume their La Liga campaign away to Getafe on Saturday night.
The Yellow Submarine are currently seventh in Spain’s top flight, eight points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad, while Getafe sit 14th, just four points clear of the relegation zone.
Getafe have been present in La Liga since 2017, while they have only spent one season out of the top flight in Spain since 2004, so it would be a huge surprise if the club were relegated this term.
The Deep Blue Ones are involved in a fight towards the bottom of the division, though, picking up just 32 points from their 31 matches, which has left them 14th, just four points ahead of the relegation zone.
Getafe managed to pick up five points from their three league games against Valencia, Athletic Bilbao and Mallorca between March 12 and April 2, but they will enter this match off the back of a 2-0 loss at Real Madrid.
Quique Sanchez Flores’s side have a relatively kind run of fixtures between now and the end of the campaign, but they still have to face both Real Betis and Barcelona, and the capital outfit will not want to head into their final match of the season against Elche needing to pick up a result to retain their top-flight status.
Getafe’s home form this season has been relatively strong, picking up 25 points from their 15 matches, and they will be welcoming a Villarreal outfit that have found it difficult on their travels, winning just three of their 15 league matches away from home.
Villarreal will take on Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League, having claimed a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their quarter-final on Tuesday, which saw them progress to the final four with a 2-1 aggregate success.
The Yellow Submarine only qualified for the Champions League by winning last season’s Europa League, and they are in the semi-finals of Europe’s leading competition for the first time since 2006, when Arsenal beat them 1-0 on aggregate.
Unai Emery’s side have struggled to show consistency in the league in recent weeks, though, winning just one of their last five matches, suffering three defeats in the process.
Villarreal played out a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao last weekend, which followed back-to-back losses against Cadiz and Levante, and they are currently in seventh spot in the table, eight points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad and just one point ahead of eighth-placed Athletic Bilbao.
Emery’s team are actually only five points ahead of 10th-placed Osasuna, so they are facing the strange possibility of battling to secure a top-half finish in their domestic league while fighting for success in the biggest European cup competition on the planet.
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We say: Getafe 1-1 Villarreal
Villarreal will need to switch their focus back to La Liga after the high of the Champions League, and they will be coming up against a Getafe side battling to remain in Spain’s top flight. Villarreal, on paper, are the favourites, but Getafe might just want this a little bit more, so we have had to settle on a low-scoring draw.