With the La Liga campaign approaching its end, Getafe will travel to Celta Vigo on Wednesday with the aim of moving further away from the bottom three in the table.
The hosts have climbed into the battle for a top-half finish, while their visitors sit four points above the drop zone with six games remaining.
After battling in the top half for the entirety of last season, culminating in an eighth-placed finish, Celta Vigo experienced a concerning start to the new term, sitting in the drop zone with 13 points from their opening 14 matches.
However, the board’s trust in manager Eduardo Coudet quickly paid off, and Los Celestes rose away from the threat of the drop, now finding themselves in the fight for a top-half finish with a tally of 39 points from 32 outings.
Although they did endure a disappointing five-game winless run between mid-March and mid-April, Coudet’s side were able to make a return to winning ways in impressive fashion last time out against eighth-placed Athletic Bilbao.
In a tough away trip, Los Celestes took a two-goal lead in the first half through Iago Aspas and Fran Beltran, and they stood strong to see out the victory and return home with all three points.
Now finding themselves just three points behind 10th-placed Valencia, Celta Vigo will aim to add another notch to their wins column to increase their pursuit of a top-half place in the final run of the campaign.
Getafe coach Quique Sanchez Flores on February 12, 2022© Reuters
They take on a Getafe side who have also improved their position in a fight for survival, albeit having not yet fully moved away from the threat of the drop.
Under the guidance of Quique Sanchez Flores, they have successfully climbed out of the bottom three, having earned a commendable tally of 31 points from the 24 league games since his appointment in October after a dismal start to the campaign.
While a particularly strong spell came around the turn of the year, the Azulones struggled between the middle of February and mid-March, failing to pick up a victory in six attempts before they were finally able to stop the rot with a 1-0 home win over Mallorca thanks to Borja Mayoral’s goal.
However, they have been unable to add to that, losing back-to-back games heading into Wednesday as they most recently fell short against Villarreal.
That has meant that, despite them now having a head start over the bottom three, their lead now only stands at four points with six games left, meaning Flores’s men do have more work to do to maintain their top-flight status.