Sunday 19 Aug

Real Madrid vs Getafe - Match Preview

19 Aug 2018 Ed Mackey SPAIN: LaLiga

Real Madrid

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L


20:15 GMT
19 August 2018

Getafe CF

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D

20:15 GMT 19 August 2018

The 2018/19 La Liga season is finally underway after a long summer away. Sunday sees the last season’s Champions League winners play their first league game, welcoming Getafe to the Bernabeu.


  • A poor domestic season for Real Madrid ended with them coming 3rd last time out, a position they certainly aren’t used to in the Spanish top-flight. In the five friendlies they played, they were victorious in four of them, only losing to Manchester United. However, their first competitive match didn’t end well as they were beaten 4-2 by Atletico after extra-time in the UEFA Super Cup.
  • Getafe enjoyed a good league campaign last term as they finished 8th, just outside the European places. They didn’t lose any of their pre-season fixtures, winning four and drawing two. Each of the last three ended goalless, but in one of those, against Sporting Gijon, they managed to earn a win by beating them in a penalty shootout.
  • Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure, one of Real Madrid’s attackers must step up. After a strong pre-season, it looks as though Gareth Bale is ready to do just that alongside Karim Benzema.
  • Angel Rodriguez’ goals were vital for Getafe last season and with 13, he’ll be hoping to reach a similar amount this term.


Real Madrid’s recent record against Getafe is completely faultless as they have won each of the last nine meetings, dating back to January 2013. Getafe’s last win against Los Blancos came almost exactly six years ago to the day when they came from behind to win 2-1. You have to go even further back to find their last victory at the Bernabeu which was a 1-0 win back in 2008. The most recent meeting between the sides came back in March where Madrid were victorious, Bale and Ronaldo (2) scored in a 3-1 win.


The hosts will be desperate to bounce back and challenge for the title this season and they have the perfect chance. As Casemiro returned to training this week, they have no injury worries.

Latest matches: Real Madrid

15.08.2018 UEFA Real Madrid Atletico Madrid 2:4 L
11.08.2018 Club Real Madrid AC Milan 3:1 W
08.08.2018 Inte Real Madrid AS Roma 2:1 W
04.08.2018 Inte Real Madrid Juventus Turin 3:1 W
01.08.2018 Inte Manchester United Real Madrid 2:1 L


Getafe have been handed one of the toughest possible starts but any points would be a huge confidence booster. They are without Djené Dakonam, Mauro Arambarri and Markel Bergara for the trip to the capital.

Latest matches: Getafe CF

11.08.2018 Club Getafe CF Girona FC 3:3 D
08.08.2018 Club Getafe CF Sporting Gijon 0:0 D
03.08.2018 Club Boavista FC Getafe CF 3:4 W
19.05.2018 LaLi Malaga CF Getafe CF 0:1 W
12.05.2018 LaLi Getafe CF Atletico Madrid 0:1 L


It’s hard to imagine anything other than a convincing Real Madrid win in the season opener and it might be worth backing a home win with -1 handicap. The only things that may deny them the three points in the change in manager, the loss of Ronaldo and the 120 minutes they played against Atletico. It wouldn’t be a shock for the visitors to score but they won’t be expecting to take any points.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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