Friday, 19 October 2007

LA LIGA: Getafe - Real Murcia

Getafe welcome Real Murcia to the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon for La Liga's 8th matchday of the 2007-08 campaign.

Los Azulones haven't won yet in the league all season, but Murcia are a team that they really should be able to beat.

Real Murcia, also known as Los Pimentoneros, were only promoted to the Primera this season, having last been relegated at the end of 2003/04.

It was that very same year that Getafe finished runners-up in the Segunda, taking them to La Liga for the first time: as such, it's been a long time since these sides met in a league match, and indeed this will be the first ever top-flight contest between the clubs.

But in terms of Segunda action, the teams last went head-to-head in 2002/03. The current Geta squad can take mixed omens from what occurred.

On Matchday 2, Murcia ran out 2-0 winners against Geta, but the Azulones got their revenge in Round 23, thrashing the visitors 3-1 at the Coliseum.

Curiously, of all the players who took part in these two matches for Getafe, only one remains in the first team squad now: Manuel Tena, although he isn't likely to start on Sunday.

Murcia's key dangermen this time around include Fernando Baiano, a big-money acquisition from Celta this summer, and Ivan Alonso, who finished their top league scorer last season in the Segunda.

They've taken 9 points from 7 games, Getafe having managed just 2.

The match kicks off at 17:00 local time this Sunday, 21st October.

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