The Valladolid, on the edge of the precipice of the Second Division, and the Getafe, in full escalation after beating Valencia, they will play an emergency duel at the José Zorrilla stadium, the scene of a vital meeting in the aspirations of both clubs to achieve salvation.
Separated by five points, Valladolid has the red light of the alarm more intense than the men of José Bordalás. Tied with Alavés, the last team to lose the category, they need to win to breathe.
Valladolid have added options to their defense, questioned in the set pieces of their rivals. Coach Sergio González recovers two pieces: Moroccan Jawad El Yamiq, who could start against him Getafe, and Javi Sánchez, who is not yet one hundred percent and will still have to wait to get into an eleven of his coach.
The Valladolid team has worked with commitment and attitude during the week with the sole objective of achieving the three points against the Madrid team. Last day, they had them within arm’s reach and escaped during the clash against Celta. Now, Sergio González’s men consider that the time has come to face luck.
The mental aspect has become a decisive factor for Valladolid, which needs to take a definitive step to escape relegation or it will be very difficult for, in the thirteen games that remain to be played, it can continue to rise in the event of receiving new blows. Therefore, the concentration must be maximum until the final whistle.
In addition, the Valladolid He must be careful with two players who return to the José Zorrilla stadium and who left a good taste in the mouth among the fans of the Pucelano team. They are Jaime Mata and the Turkish Enes Ünal, two finders capable of creating a lot of danger. For this reason, the defense of Sergio González’s team must be very attentive to the presence of the forwards of the Getafe.
A priori, Sergio González would repeat the usual 4-4-2, with Sergi Guardiola and with the Israeli Shon Weissman at the top of the attack. However, there could be surprises, as the Catalan coach once again has Waldo Rubio and has always placed great trust in Kike Pérez, relegated to the bench in previous appointments.
In the goal, a new unknown is installed, but in principle it should be Roberto Jiménez who jumps onto the pitch in the starting eleven. However, the option remains open for him to bet on Jordi Masip again, since the team dynamics did not change after the Madrid goalkeeper’s reappearance.
Sergio González has appealed to the good atmosphere, energy and dedication of the players to face and “minimize” the qualities of a Getafe that “has physical bands that internalize, that goes well from the outside, handles the change of orientation well and counts with two good points. “
In front, Getafe, still has a small cushion after the balsamic victory they achieved last day. They won 3-0 at Valencia after four consecutive defeats and attaching another three points would leave the Azulón team in a safety zone that they did not expect to have ever abandoned at the beginning of the season.
Bordalás will fight for that victory without one of his key men, Marc Cucurella. Without a doubt, he is one of their fetish players. He has played almost everything, except for two minutes against Sevilla and seventeen against Real Madrid, games in which he was substituted. Now, sanctioned, he will see on television a duel in which several names could replace him in the left area of the center of the field.
One of them could be the Colombian Juan Camilo “Cucho” Hernández, who would act in an area that is not unknown to him. Another candidate is Carles Aleñá, a more natural replacement who, like the Japanese Takefuse Kubo, has not enjoyed continuity in the eleven since he arrived in the winter market.
The same Japanese player could also find a hole with the absence of Cucurella to vindicate his figure, somewhat off as in Villarreal, where his assignment for Real Madrid did not work. At the moment, he has not managed to convince Bordalás to be a fixture in his line-ups.
The rest of the Bordalás eleven will be similar to the one that beat Valencia and, in the casualty chapter, neither will Darío Poveda, who is in the last phase of an injury, and Xabier Etxeita, with muscle problems. The rest of the squad will be available to face a key crash to watch the descent from afar.