Day and night in Gran Canaria


November 30, 2023 at 9:00 p.m


García Pimienta’s men welcome the rocking Bordalás with their ball-playing and ball-possession style

Both teams are closer to Europe than to the relegation places

Las Palmas and Getafe are like night and day in terms of footballand this battle of styles – as the cliché goes – will be reflected in the duel that opens this Friday, the fifteenth day of LaLiga EA Sports in the Gran Canaria Stadium, also at the beginning of the last month of competition in 2023.

Each with his weapons, neither better nor worse, definitely antagonistic, Possession of the ball for the yellows and a lot of order and exit for the Azulone counterattackYes, both teams have done very well in this first round of the league, which is inexorably approaching the halfway point.

Separated by a single point in favor of the population of Madrid, Getafe and Las Palmas are closer to Europe than to the relegation placesa situation that they would certainly have signed up for at the beginning of August.

The island team comes after a defeat at Villamarín against Betis (1-0), a game in which they defeated the green and white team in the second half, but without success. And right there is one of your outstanding problemsthe lack of goals, just eleven in a fortnight.

Las Palmas is aware that there will be a wall to tear down in front of him, But who is supported by the numbers: eight days and 67 days without a losswith a final defeat on September 24 against Real Sociedad (4-3).

García Pimienta, coach of the Canary Islands team, will have almost all of his players available, with the exception of the defender Álvaro Lemos, injured, and captain Jonathan Viera due to a technical decisionin this controversial non-sporting matter that the Catalan coach still does not want to explain to the fans.

None of the teams want to hear about the European challenge. The main goal in both cases is redemption, but The good times of Getafe and Las Palmas invite their fans to think about bigger challenges.

Getafe, which has yet to win away from home, has lost eight games in a row without defeat after six draws and two wins, most recently against Almería (2-1) on the final day. The relegation places are a long way off, eleven points awayand sixth place, the last continental, is six units away.

If you want to stay in this European fight, Getafe needs to break their poor streak of games without a win as visitors (He has not achieved this since his visit to Betis on matchday 36 of last year and has a total of eight duels without a win outside the Colosseum.) Without points from three away games, the Azulón team is doomed to finish in mid-table remain.

For his eighth attempt at the course José Bordalás will miss three games: the already known long-term absences of Mauro Arambarri and Enes Ünal as well as that of defender José Ángel Carmona, who withdrew from the game against Almería last day due to a strain on the thigh muscles in his left leg. His presence at the Gran Canaria Stadium is ruled out.

Carmona, an almost undisputed starter with Bordalás on the right side of midfield, will have two candidates who could replace him: Óscar Rodríguez and Carles Aleña.

One of the two could be the new addition to the Getafe coach’s team, who will once again have his two fittest men in attack: Mason Greenwood and Borja Mayoral. The first scored a great goal against Almería that started his team’s comeback, and the second culminated with his eighth league goal of the season, making Gerard Moreno the best Spanish striker in the first division.

— Likely alignments:

The palms: Alvaro Valles; Álex Suárez, Coco, Mika Marmol, Sergi Cardona; Javi Muñoz, Perrone, Kirian; Marvin Park, Munir, Moleiro.

Getafe: Soria; Damián, Alderete, Gastón, Diego Rico; Aleñá, Milla, Maksimovic, Greenwood; Latasa, Borja Mayoral.

referee: Mateo Busquets Ferrer (Balearic Islands Committee).

Stadion: Gran Canaria Stadium.

Hour: 9:00 p.m.

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