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The third and fourth place teams in La Liga collide Thursday.
Real Madrid is still aiming for one of its customary top two sports in the La Liga standings; they’ll try to keep pace with rivals Atlético Madrid, whose 3-2 victory over Valencia on Wednesday elevated them to seven points ahead in the standings. (The win also delayed Barcelona in clinching the La Liga title, perhaps of some small consolation to Real fans.)
Real Madrid’s opponent on Thursday, Getafe CF, is currently below them in the standings in fourth place, though they are a full 10 points behind. Getafe, which finished eighth last season, is hanging on to the final Champions League spot, just two points ahead of both Sevilla and Valencia.
Real Madrid vs. Getafe CF
- When: 3:30pm ET, Thursday, April 25
- Where: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in Getafe, Spain
- Streaming: beIN SPORTS
Real Madrid vs. Getafe CF live stream: Watch La Liga matches for free
Each of the following services carries beIN SPORTS, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch Real Madrid vs. Getafe CF for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, and UniMás all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
Real Madrid vs. Getafe CF: Why it matters
Los Blancos has fallen short of its aspirations this year; they’re officially out of the title race in La Liga, and they’ve also been knocked out of the Champions League. You could say Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Juventus is just losing one player, especially in a squad of Galacticos that includes the reigning Best FIFA Men’s Player in Luka Modric and a revitalized Karim Benzema, but it’s looming larger than ever now that one of the team’s top two rivals will lift the trophy. Still, they’d like to do better than repeating last year’s third-place finish; it’s not technically a must-win match, but anything less than a win will worsen their position.
Getafe, meanwhile, could be the surprise of the La Liga season if they can close out the season in a Champions League place. They handled their business on Sunday by beating Sevilla 3-0 to climb into fourth but face an obvious test on Thursday and they still have a La Liga date with Barcelona on May 12 as their penultimate match. Jamie Mata, Getafe’s top scorer with 14 goals, has impressed enough to earn a recent call-up to the Spanish national team.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.