Inter play host to Getafe in the Europa League Last 16. Well, play host probably isn’t accurate. The match will take place at the VELTINS-Arena, in Gelsenkirchen. Home of Bundesliga side Schalke 04. This is due to UEFA’s changes to the competition format to complete the Europa League this season in a short period of time.

So, this will be a single-game knockout match, which is somewhat unusual for European Competitions. Let’s take a look at the numbers for both teams this season, as well as focusing on their form post-restart.

Inter vs Getafe Preview: Form Guide

Form Guide for Inter and Getafe in their respective domestic leagues this season. Data as at Sun, 2 August 2020.
Form Guide for Inter and Getafe in their respective domestic leagues this season. Data as of Sun, 2 August 2020.

Inter have been in good form since the restart. They have picked up 2.15 PPG, which equates to 82 points over a full 38-game season. Internazionale have also won each of their last three league games.

This is a stark contrast to Getafe’s numbers since the restart. They have been in relegation form, picking up just 0.73 PPG. This would equate to 28 points over a full 38-game season. El Geta have picked up just two points out of eighteen from their last six league games.

Inter vs Getafe Preview: Inter’s Performance Graph

Expected Goals Trending Analysis for Inter in the Serie A this season. Matches after the restart are indicated by the red zone. Data as at Sun, 2 August 2020.
Expected Goals Trending Analysis for Inter in the Serie A this season. Matches after the restart are indicated by the red zone. Data as of Sun, 2 August 2020.

Drilling down on Inter’s xG trends this season, we can see immediately after the restart they experienced their best attacking performances of the season.

This is unsurprising as a player’s tactical and physical levels will have declined most while not training. Whereas the technique or muscle memory will always be there: it’s like riding a bike.

Therefore, the teams with better technical players will have outperformed well drilled teams who made up that gap in technique through coaching.

Inter vs Getafe Preview: Getafe’s Performance Graph

Expected Goals Trending Analysis for Getafe in the La Liga this season. Matches after the restart are indicated by the red zone. Data as at Sun, 2 August 2020.
Expected Goals Trending Analysis for Getafe in the La Liga this season. Matches after the restart are indicated by the red zone. Data as of Sun, 2 August 2020.

This acts as a nice segue into Getafe’s numbers. José Bordalás’ Getafe side are the textbook case of a team using physicality and well-drilled tactics to compensate for the technical deficit in players when compared to the richer sides in La Liga.

‘Pepe’ Bordalás has been described as Diego Simeone on a shoestring budget. The Sean Dyche of Spanish football. His team press relentlessly, are extremely aggressive and create a lot of chances through winning the ball back high up the pitch.

Therefore, given what we said about Inter, it is no surprise to see the opposite is true of Getafe. They have really struggled defensively as the fitness and organisation isn’t quite there due to a long period without training.

While at the other end of the pitch, the players are struggling to quality create chances when needing to rely on their technique rather than counter-pressing to create and exploit spaces in the opponent’s defence.

Inter vs Getafe Preview: Main Goalscorers

Bar chart showing the main goalscorers for Inter and Getafe in the their respective domestic leagues this season. Data as at Sun, 2 August 2020.
Bar chart showing the main goalscorers for Inter and Getafe in the their respective domestic leagues this season. Data as of Sun, 2 August 2020.

Romelu Lukaku is Inter’s top-scorer in both the Europa League and Serie A this season. Lukaku has been on fire since the restart with six goals in his last eleven appearances.

Rumoured Barcelona target, Lautaro Martínez, has also had a good season for Inter. However, his goal-scoring form isn’t quite there post-restart. He has just two goals in his last twelve games.

Getafe’s Jaime Mata and Ángel Rodríguez are their two top scorers for the club in both competitions. However, neither look in good form coming into this match. Ángel has failed to score since the restart. Mata, on the other hand, is on a run of six games without a goal.

Highlights of Inter’s last match

Highlights of Getafe’s last match

Click here to read our in-depth preview of another UEFA Europa League Last 16 match between Sevilla and Roma.

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