This week’s La Liga action will begin with an important Catalan derby as Girona host Espanyol in the league action at Estadi Montilivi, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain, on Saturday evening (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Girona and Espanyol
Kick Off: Saturday 06 April
Match Timing: 04:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played?Estadi Montilivi (13,500)
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Girona will head into the game knowing that a win would take them closer to the safety. Being the host, the onus is on them to come good as well.
But the form doesn’t bode well for them. The Blanquivermells lost their last two matches, and three in the last four games. As a result, they are just five points above the dreaded bottom three. To make matter worse, three teams sitting below them, Real Valladolid, Villarreal, and Celta Vigo all picked up important points.
But Girona should be safe for the season. They have an easy looking fixtures, at least on paper. A handful of wins may be enough to secure the La Liga status. This shouldn’t be a problem either considering five of their remaining eight games are against the bottom half teams.
Still, there is a pressure of manager Eusebio Sacristán. For the simple fact that Girona have dropped their standards this season. A 14th place [osition on the table with the danger of relegation looming on the club, certainly it wasn’t expected from them after a season which brought them a 10th place finish in La Liga.
Espanyol meanwhile are no better. They have had an underwhelming season up until now as they sit at a lowly 13th position with just 1 point separating them from 14th placed Girona.
A win here would be a welcome result for manager Rubi who is starting to feel the heat some underwhelming performances on the road this season. In fact, Periquitos have won just one away game all season, a 0-2 win over Huesca on October 12.
It’s a long run without an away win and Rubi’s team is due a win in that sense. What’s better to snap the skid then at the home of your closest rival.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Girona – W W L W L L
Espanyol – D W D L L D
ESL vs GIR Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Girona vs Espanyol Team News:
Injured – The hosts are shorthanded at the wing back position as both Johan Mojica and Aday Benitez are out of this match.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Girona’s super striker Cristian Stuani, who has scored 17 goals in the league this season, is a doubt for the match, while goalkeeper Yassine Bounou may miss the game as well.
Note: Centre-back Juanpe is available for selection after suspension and should take his place at the heart of the defense.
Gorka Iraizoz is expected to start in goal, while Raul Garcia and Jonas Ramalho are expected to start on the wing-back positions.
Key Players – Borja Garcia, Portu, Cristian Stuani
Injured – Three players are definitely out for Espanyol with Pablo Piatti, Facundo Ferreyra and David Lopez all suffering from injuries.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Oscar Melendo and Oscar Duarte both were listed as questionable ahead of this match, but manager Rubi has selected the duo in his matchday squad. Melendo should replace either Wu Lei or Sergio Garcia in the starting 11. Roberto Rosales will start at right-back, with Javi Lopez on the other flank.
Key Players – Borja Iglesias, Sergio Garcia
ESL vs GIR Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Girona– Iraizoz (GK), Raul Garcia, Pedro Alcala, Juanpe, Jonas Ramalho, Alex Granell, Pere Pons, Portu, Valery Fernandez, Borja Garcia, Cristian Stuani
Espanyol– Diego Lopez (GK), Roberto Rosales, Mario Hermoso, Naldo, Pedro Lopez, Sergi Darder, Marc Roca, Esteban Granero, Sergio Garcia, Wu Lei, Borja Iglesias
ESL vs GIR Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Espanyol have lost their last 10 away games, while Girona are winless in the last 9 home matches. Both the teams are too consistent and there is no favorite in this game.
But being the home team, we back Girona to get something out of this match.
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