It’s the last game of 2017 for these two teams and their respective seasons are in stark contrast. In fact it’s also the last game in charge for interim Las Palmas manager Paquito Ortiz. But we’ll get to that in a minute
Getafe were second bottom of Segunda and in all sorts of trouble when they appointed José Bordalás as manager last September. The transformation has been miraculous as the Azulones burst into La Liga after winning promotion through the play-offs. This isn’t new ground for Bordalás though, he achieved promotion as champions with Alavés in 2015-16, his reward was to be replaced by Mauricio Pellegrino. Harsh.
Unlike Alavés, Getafe have stuck by their man and it’s reaping dividends so far. Getafe sit in relative mid-table comfort, 8 points above the relegation zone and only 4 points distant from a European spot.
Las Palmas on the other hand are having an absolute catastrophe of a season. It’s so bad, convoluted and crazy that it’s quite tricky to surmise. Here goes.
Las Palmas parted ways with Quique Setién in June. They agreed a contract with Roberto de Zerbi to take over but couldn’t officially appoint him as he was stuck in a legal wrangle with Palermo. No problem, just wait until the lawyers sort it out. But then De Zerbi only went and lost his case.
Las Palmas were no further forward. Enter, B Team coach Manolo Márquez. Márquez had already assured the media that he was staying put with the B Team and the club had no plans to promote him. Márquez was promoted, reassuring supporters by lamenting “It’s all been a bit hasty”. Márquez was gone after 6 weeks, winning 2 games and losing 6.
Good Ol’ Pako Ayesterán was parachuted in, had an even bigger nightmare and was promptly ‘taken out back’. Enter interim appointment Paquito Ortiz. Ortiz was the club matchday delegate.
Las Palmas meanwhile were chasing ex Lanús coach Jorge Almirón. But the Spanish Football Federation were having none of it.
Finally, salvation, the club’s president Miguel Ángel Ramírez had a friend, Paco Jémez, who had already coached Las Palmas and just led Mexican side Cruz Azul to their first play-off in three years. Hallelujah, all sorted then? No, not quite, Jémez insisted on spending Christmas with his family and refused to take the reigns until the New Year. One local paper has summed this up quite well, “You have an open wound but instead of stemming the bleeding,
you sit and wait a couple of weeks before going to hospital”.
Of course Las Palmas did manage to come back from being two goals down against Espanyol on Sunday. In fact with only 10 minutes to go Espanyol should have been cruising. Las Palmas even missed a penalty which would have given them all 3 points. But it wasn’t meant to be as Jonathan Viera missed the spot kick.
Meanwhile, Getafe lost away to Girona and frustratingly drew at home to Eibar in the previous round. After Las Palmas they face a tough trip to Atlético Madrid so you can see which game José Bordalás will be expecting his players to win.
Bet : Getafe to Win