Getafe moved up to fifth in La Liga on Friday, producing a brilliant performance to win 3-0 at struggling Leganes.
The visitors surged into a three-goal lead at the break, with Leandro Cabrera, Allan Nyom and Jaime Mata on the scoresheet. Getafe are now just two points behind fourth-place Sevilla ahead of the rest of the weekend's matches.
On Saturday, the standout fixture of the weekend sees Real Madrid host Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu. A day later, a new chapter starts at Barcelona, when Quique Setien takes charge of the team for the first time against Granada.
Here is a recap of Friday's clash, as well as a look at the rest of the fixtures in the Spanish top flight this weekend.
La Liga Fixtures - Week 20
Friday, January 17
Leganes 0-3 Getafe
Saturday, January 18
Levante vs. Alaves
Real Madrid vs. Sevilla
Osasuna vs. Real Valladolid
Eibar vs. Atletico Madrid
Sunday, January 19
Real Mallorca vs. Valencia
Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad
Villarreal vs. Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao vs. Celta Vigo
Barcelona vs. Granada
La Liga Table
1 Barcelona 19, +26, 40
20 Espanyol 19, -22, 11
Getafe are not renowned for playing free-flowing football in the final third, but on Friday they showed how potent they can be in the penalty area.
After a tight opening to the game, the away team produced a devastating 21-minute spell to take the game away from their hosts.
Cabrera and Nyom both took advantage of slack defending from Leganes to head home crosses into the box. Getafe then produced a slick breakaway after some sloppy passing in midfield from Leganes, allowing Jorge Molina to square to Mata for a tap-in.
Spanish football writer Brendan Boyle was unimpressed by the defending of the home side:
As relayed by OptaJose, it's been a while since Getafe managed to net three times before the midway point of a match:
3 - Last time Getafe scored three goals at the half time in a @LaLigaEN's game was in May 2015 & last time Leganés conceded three goals in the first half in a this competition's game was in October 2019, both at Santiago Bernabéu vs Real Madrid. Adjudicated #LeganésGetafe https://t.co/F9CTBHSdpU
In the second period, Getafe were able to play within themselves with such a sizeable lead already established.
Although there were a few moments of quality from them after the break, the same intensity wasn't present in their work on the ball. Leganes, who remain 19th after this poor showing, were unable to make any significant dents in the opposition defence and became quickly resigned to their fate.
A bad day got worse for the home side late on, as Ruben Perez was given his marching orders for two yellow cards.
The biggest contest of the weekend comes in the capital, as Real seek to put the pressure on Barcelona with a win against Sevilla.
Los Blancos have clicked into an impressive gear in recent weeks and will be boosted by their Super Cup success at the expense of Atletico Madrid last Sunday. While they are still looking to find a formula in attack, Zinedine Zidane has been able to shore the team up at the back.
If Sevilla can spring a surprise then it would propel them into title contention, as they currently sit just five points back on their opponents.
As for Barcelona, the focus will be on Setien, as he seeks to improve the mood around the Camp Nou following the departure of Ernesto Valverde. Per OptaJose, the new Blaugrana boss loves his sides to play possession-based football:
It will be fascinating to see how Setien copes with the challenge of managing such a high-profile club and how he seeks to get the best out of Lionel Messi in the coming months.
Granada enjoyed a fast start and were temporarily league leaders earlier in the campaign, although they've struggled to showcase the same sort of consistency in recent weeks.