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Jan 31, 2021 at 1pm UK at Coliseum Alfonso Perez
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Arambarri (9'), Suarez (78'), Yanez (83')
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Preview: Getafe vs. Alaves - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Getafe and Alaves, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Getafe could make it three wins in four successive La Liga outings when they entertain relegation candidates Alaves at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday afternoon.

Alaves, who are yet to show any signs of improvement under new boss Abelardo, have succumbed to four league defeats in as many games and will be desperate to come away from the capital with all three points.


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Getafe players celebrate in October 2020© Reuters

Having established themselves as a robust and resilient La Liga outfit in recent years, Jose Bordalas's Getafe side are slowly beginning to put their hugely discouraging start to the campaign behind them.

Despite being thrashed 5-1 by Marcelino's in-form Athletic Bilbao side last time out, El Geta have picked up some big wins so far in 2021, collecting six points from games against fellow strugglers Huesca and Elche.

Currently 13th in the table with 23 points, El Geta have successfully managed to distance themselves from the dreaded drop zone.

The club's change in fortunes can be attributed primarily to Bordalas's recruitment in the January transfer window.

With a focus on creativity and flair in the final third, La Liga starlets Carles Alena and Takefusa Kubo were brought in on loan and both have performed well for El Geta.

Still, Bordalas will be well aware that his side remain but a shadow of their former selves. The fact that Huesca are the only team that have led for fewer minutes than El Geta this season speaks volumes in regard to how much the Madrid-based outfit have struggled.

Alaves coach Abelardo Fernandez pictured on January 23, 2021© Reuters

There were celebrations in Vitoria-Gasteiz last week as Alaves commemorated their centenary. However, the club's optimism off the field failed to ignite much inspiration on it, with the team losing 4-1 to Real Madrid last time out at the Estadio de Mendizorroza.

El Glorioso's loss to the champions means that Abelardo's men have now won just once in their last nine league outings, leaving them 18th in the table.

It is unlikely that many Alaves fans were expecting instant miracles from Abelardo, who made his return to El Glorioso earlier this month, but few could have expected the appointment to go so awry.

Earlier this week, Abelardo told the media that "the only positive thing about not having an audience is that the players listen to you", but with his side having conceded nine goals over his first three games back at the club, it remains to be seen whether his players are paying any attention.

Abelardo's poor record against Getafe may also be giving the manager sleepless nights as he prepared for this clash, with the Alaves boss having only won once in six league games against Bordalas's men.

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Team News

Getafe head coach Jose Bordalas pictured in August 2020© Reuters

Bordalas will be forced to tinker with his backline this weekend, with his skipper Djene Dakonam suspended for this tie.

Mathias Olivera, Enes Unal, Dario Poveda, Victor Mollejo and Cucho Hernandez are all also out injured.

Abelardo will be without the injured Rodrigo Ely and the suspended Edgar Mendez for this tie.

Mendez's absence is likely to prompt Abelardo into partnering Joselu with Lucas Perez upfront.

Getafe possible starting lineup:
Yanez; Suarez, Cabaco, Etxeita, Nyom; Kubo, Arambarri, Alena, Maksimovic, Cucurella; Mata

Alaves possible starting lineup:
Pacheco; Navarro, Laguardia, Lejeune, Duarte; Aguirregabiria, Battaglia, Pina, Rioja; Joselu, Perez


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We say: Getafe 3-1 Alaves

Neither of these sides are exactly performing well this season, but Getafe definitely look more capable of winning this clash than El Glorioso, and we think they will do it in style.


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