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Getafe Vs Real Madrid, Liga BBVA 2013-2014: Match Preview

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Real Madrid will try to keep pace with Barcelona and Atlético after Martino and Simeone's teams collected the three points on Saturday.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Getafe is always a tough team to play against when they're playing at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. In fact, Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 last season even though los blancos dominated the whole match. It is not that the fans support their team though. Getafe's stadium is always half-empty.

Luis García's team is ranked in the 15th position. They have one of La Liga's most mediocre teams, with former Real Madrid player Pedro León being their star. Real Madrid Academy product Pablo Sarabia usually starts in Getafe's 4-2-3-1 too.

The truth is Getafe should not be able to stop Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo will be out of the game due to his Liga BBVA suspension, so Jesé will start on the left wing once again. With Karim Benzema making his return to the Starting XI and both Marcelo and Coentrao being available again, Carlo Ancelotti will only have to deal with Khedira and Ronaldo's absences.

The Italian coach himself confirmed that Raphäel Varane will not start the match even though his knee has recovered properly from the match against Atlético de Madrid. The French center back should not be rushed, because Pepe and Ramos have started this 2014 brilliantly.

Look for Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and Ángel Di María playing in that midfield trio. Ancelotti has shown many times that he doesn't like to make rotations in the midfield away from the Bernabéu. Furthermore, Real Madrid will have a full week of rest after playing two matches in one week since 2014 started. Then, Real Madrid will have to deal with Elche before travelling to Germany and face off against Schalke 04. But that's another story.