Villarreal coach Ernesto Valverde admits inconsistent Getafe could pose some serious problems to his side's defence in the clash at El Madrigal.

Getafe have provided good entertainment value so far this season, and in 12 Primera Division games so far they have yet to record a draw.

Also, only five teams - all of which are in the top six - have managed to score more than Getafe's tally of 19, while only seven sides have conceded more than the total of 17 that the club from the outskirts of Madrid have shipped.

That form means it is virtually impossible to predict how Getafe will do, but Michel's side now finally look to be building some momentum, which will concern Villarreal.

In their last two games Getafe have downed Espanyol 2-0 away from home before last weekend trouncing Xerez 5-1 with striker Roberto Soldado collecting his second hat-trick of the season.

Valverde said: "They were in a bad run and in the last two matches they have scored seven goals and will come here with the intention of getting another positive result.

"They have players who have quality and who have a lot of speed who could create a lot of problems for us.

"I'm well aware that their players can hurt us, so we must try and keep them under control."

Valverde can at least take confidence from his side's decent home form amid their hugely disappointing start to the season.

Villarreal have been poor travellers and their Europa League victory over Levski Sofia in midweek was their first away win since August.

However, at home the Yellow Submarine have lost just once - to Real Madrid - in 11 competitive games this season and have been victorious in each of their last five outings at El Madrigal.

Last weekend's 1-0 loss at Sporting Gijon was a setback in Villarreal's climb up the Primera Division standings, but Valverde hopes it was just a blip.

"It's true that we are doing well at home and we hope that continues," said Valverde, whose team are in 12th spot and still only five points above the relegation zone.

"Until the game against Gijon there were good feelings and this match left us a little cold.

"After a defeat like the one in Gijon we needed a positive result like the one we got against Levski.

"Now we are fine, relaxed, but our next objective is to beat Getafe."

Getafe's recent improved form has lifted them up to ninth, six points above Villarreal and only seven points off the top four.

Michel has brought in Fabio Celestini and Adrian Gonzalez for the trip to the east coast, with David Belenguer and Pedro Rios dropping out of the squad that beat Xerez.

Celestini said of tomorrow's match: "Villarreal are a good team, who started badly but are already starting to do what they have been doing in previous seasons.

"They have a lot of quality, but we are on a good run, with two successive wins, and we want to continue that."

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