Getafe vs Malaga

Home advantage and the chance to draw level on points with Malaga provide Getafe with more than enough motivation for this clash.

It’s a sign of how well the club from the Madrid suburbs have played this season that they are so close to Malaga, a side that have received much more praise and attention.

However the Azulones Coach Luis Garcia Plaza outlawed talk of Europe after Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Espanyol, and was none too pleased with his men’s efforts in the 0-0 Copa del Rey draw with Ponferradina.

“We switched off a bit. I did not like the game, but it’s important we progressed.”
Malaga counterpart Manuel Pellegrini was in the same boat, dissatisfied despite his team’s progression to the last 16.

“Since winning the first leg we seemed to think the qualification to the next round was ensured, but in fact we were very lucky to get it,” said the Chilean after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Cacereno.

The Andalusians must sustain the momentum of their 4-0 thrashing of Valencia last weekend, and not fall back into the kind of slump that recently saw them go four games without a win.

Kick off: Saturday December 1, 15.00 (BST)