21 December 2019 live
Somewhat disappointingly, Villarreal have collected draws in all four home La Liga (LL) clashes with teams in the top half of the table after 17 weeks. Against all opponents, meanwhile, each of their three LL home wins this term have seen them beat an imaginary -1 second-half handicap.
Looking to snap a three-game winless run at home (D2, L1), Villarreal have won just once at home when level at the half-time break (W1, D4, L1). Six of their eight games here have subsequently seen the half-time score reflected come full-time, so a half-time lead – such as seen in two of their three home wins – could be crucial.
Fourth-placed Getafe’s run of five clean sheets from their last six league matches (W4, D2) is likely to challenge an emerging trend at Villarreal’s stadium, which has witnessed over 2.5 total goals in 13 of the last 17 LL fixtures and both teams scoring in 12.
Scorers of a first-half goal in each of their last three away LL trips to bottom-half clubs (after week 17), Getafe are yet to lose this season after scoring a first-half goal (W3, D2). However, Getafe have failed to score before the break in any of the last five competitive H2Hs at Villarreal.
Players to watch: In addition to his first club goal in seven starts last round, Karl Toko Ekambi (VIL) has opened the scoring at home twice since late September.
Ángel Rodríguez (GET) has recorded goals or assists in three of his last four meetings with Villarreal.
Stat attack: League matches involving Villarreal this season have seen just one player sent off.
Villarreal have won the ‘race to three corners’ in just one of their eight LL home matches.
No team has collected more yellow cards after 17 weeks than Getafe’s 3.24 per game (average).
Getafe are one of just a few clubs to have a positive second-half goal difference on the road (+2).
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 18:30.