El Geta are the only side to have beaten los Barralets on the Balearic Island this term and must only avoid becoming the second side to lose at home to them this term if they wish to progress to the last four…

Getafe have established themselves as Copa del Rey specialists in recent times but have yet to lift the trophy, despite getting to the final in 2007 and 2008. Michel’s side are just three matches away from matching those feats and are in an excellent position to move on to the semi-finals after defeating Mallorca 2-1 away from home last week.

Goals from Manu del Morel and Miku had the visitors in a healthy 2-0 lead, though a stoppage time strike from Gonzalo Castro means this tie remains very much in the balance going into the second leg.

But los Azulones’ good performances have not been restricted to knock-out competition. Seventh in La Primera, Getafe are far more likely to qualify for Europe than they are to be sucked into the relegation zone, which is quite a turnaround from the unit that was only saved from the drop on the final day of last season.

A 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid at the weekend has enhanced the capital club’s position, which pleased Michel, who explained to the media, “I have to congratulate our players. We are in a frame of mind in which we can think about doing something more but for now, we must be cautious.

“We are delighted with the way things are going after so much hard work. We’re controlling games now and have become a good team.”

El Geta have to show such qualities if they are to progress on Thursday.

Earmarked for relegation this season, Mallorca continue to dumbfound critics, finishing the first half of the campaign in a Champions League berth. Though they have acquired 34 points, they are well off the pace of the top two as they have failed to gain any positive consistency on the road.

On ten occasions they have played away from the ONO Estadi in Liga play this term, but only after one of those games have Gregorio Manzano’s side been able to celebrate the acquisition of three points.

They have done little better in the Copa del Rey on their travels, with losses in their previous matches in Valladolid (2-1) and Rayo Vallecano (2-1). Similarly, their home form has carried them far, with success against both of the aforementioned sides ensuring progression to the quarter-finals.

With much weighing on their performances in the Balearic Islands, only one faux pas could cost them dearly. That arrived last week, when Getafe became the first side to avoid defeat this term at the ONO Estadi, claiming a 2-1 success.

A 1-1 draw was acquired at the weekend against Espanyol, with a controversial penalty award saving Manzano’s men from another defeat. The coach was not unhappy, though, describing his club’s start to the campaign as “sensational” in the post match interviews.

El Geta have received a big boost with the return of David Belenguer to training. A role from the outset might be too much to ask of the veteran centre-back.

Only Adrian Gonzalez is absent. He will be sidelined for around another fortnight.

Cosmin Contra has moved back to Romanian, joining Timisoara at least until the end of the present campaign.

Ivan Ramis will be absent for approximately three weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Pierre Webo, on the other hand, will return to the Islanders on Wednesday after African Cup of Nations duty. It would be a great surprise if he was to be extensively used on Thursday.

Oscar Diaz has signed on loan for Recreativo Huelva, who have an option to buy the player at the end of the campaign.

made an instant impression with his new employers last weekend when he struck what proved to be the decisive goal of the match. For the most part he has struggled to make a great impression against Primera Division sides, but another strong performance could allow the 24-year-old to be given a regular chance in the first XI.

’s influence was certainly missing from the sharp edge of the Islanders’ attack. He has not featured on a regular basis in the Copa del Rey, but he should not need rested after taking the weekend off. The club’s top scorer this season with eight strikes, the former Athletic Bilbao forward is a man who could make the difference.

Getafe continually refuse to draw games, so expect a winner one way or the other. Equally, Mallorca tend to struggle on the road, claiming only one victory when travelling all season. Logic dictates that this encounter will end in a home success, though it also suggested los Barralets would win the first leg.

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Copa del Rey Preview: Getafe – Mallorca

El Geta are the only side to have beaten los Barralets on the Balearic Island this term and must only avoid becoming the second side to lose at home to them this term if they wish to progress to the last four…

Getafe have established themselves as Copa del Rey specialists in recent times but have yet to lift the trophy, despite getting to the final in 2007 and 2008. Michel’s side are just three matches away from matching those feats and are in an excellent position to move on to the semi-finals after defeating Mallorca 2-1 away from home last week.

Goals from Manu del Morel and Miku had the visitors in a healthy 2-0 lead, though a stoppage time strike from Gonzalo Castro means this tie remains very much in the balance going into the second leg.

But los Azulones’ good performances have not been restricted to knock-out competition. Seventh in La Primera, Getafe are far more likely to qualify for Europe than they are to be sucked into the relegation zone, which is quite a turnaround from the unit that was only saved from the drop on the final day of last season.

A 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid at the weekend has enhanced the capital club’s position, which pleased Michel, who explained to the media, “I have to congratulate our players. We are in a frame of mind in which we can think about doing something more but for now, we must be cautious.

“We are delighted with the way things are going after so much hard work. We’re controlling games now and have become a good team.”

El Geta have to show such qualities if they are to progress on Thursday.

Earmarked for relegation this season, Mallorca continue to dumbfound critics, finishing the first half of the campaign in a Champions League berth. Though they have acquired 34 points, they are well off the pace of the top two as they have failed to gain any positive consistency on the road.

On ten occasions they have played away from the ONO Estadi in Liga play this term, but only after one of those games have Gregorio Manzano’s side been able to celebrate the acquisition of three points.

They have done little better in the Copa del Rey on their travels, with losses in their previous matches in Valladolid (2-1) and Rayo Vallecano (2-1). Similarly, their home form has carried them far, with success against both of the aforementioned sides ensuring progression to the quarter-finals.

With much weighing on their performances in the Balearic Islands, only one faux pas could cost them dearly. That arrived last week, when Getafe became the first side to avoid defeat this term at the ONO Estadi, claiming a 2-1 success.

A 1-1 draw was acquired at the weekend against Espanyol, with a controversial penalty award saving Manzano’s men from another defeat. The coach was not unhappy, though, describing his club’s start to the campaign as “sensational” in the post match interviews.

El Geta have received a big boost with the return of David Belenguer to training. A role from the outset might be too much to ask of the veteran centre-back.

Only Adrian Gonzalez is absent. He will be sidelined for around another fortnight.

Cosmin Contra has moved back to Romanian, joining Timisoara at least until the end of the present campaign.

Ivan Ramis will be absent for approximately three weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Pierre Webo, on the other hand, will return to the Islanders on Wednesday after African Cup of Nations duty. It would be a great surprise if he was to be extensively used on Thursday.

Oscar Diaz has signed on loan for Recreativo Huelva, who have an option to buy the player at the end of the campaign.

made an instant impression with his new employers last weekend when he struck what proved to be the decisive goal of the match. For the most part he has struggled to make a great impression against Primera Division sides, but another strong performance could allow the 24-year-old to be given a regular chance in the first XI.

’s influence was certainly missing from the sharp edge of the Islanders’ attack. He has not featured on a regular basis in the Copa del Rey, but he should not need rested after taking the weekend off. The club’s top scorer this season with eight strikes, the former Athletic Bilbao forward is a man who could make the difference.

Getafe continually refuse to draw games, so expect a winner one way or the other. Equally, Mallorca tend to struggle on the road, claiming only one victory when travelling all season. Logic dictates that this encounter will end in a home success, though it also suggested los Barralets would win the first leg.

Read the article on Goal.com

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