Espanyol v Girona Betting Preview | 11th December
In our Espanyol v Girona betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Monday evening’s La Liga fixture.
Espanyol v Girona Betting Preview
Venue: RCDE Stadium
Channel: Sky GO
Monday evening’s La Liga game sees Espanyol host Girona, in what could be considered another Catalan derby. While both teams are above the relegation zone with 16 & 17 points respectively, they’ll both still want to win to further distance themselves from the teams below.
Quique Sánchez Flores’ team has been inconsistent all season, picking up a mere 7 points from the last 6 games. Pablo Machín’s side had a rocky start to their historical first season in La Liga, but have now been steadying the ship, including a famous home win against Real Madrid a few weeks ago. Girona’s style of play has been refreshing in terms of what the Spanish first division is used to, oftentimes implementing a 3-4-3 formation, which contrasts starkly with Espanyol’s classic 4-4-2 line-up.
Quique’s men have performed well at home this season, losing only to a high-flying Leganés & a surprisingly good Valencia team. Girona on the other hand have drawn 5 times away from home, winning another 2 by a one-goal margin and having only lost once to Athletic Bilbao on the opening day of the season.
Despite the home & away records, both teams have rarely seen more than 3 goals in any given match, the goal difference for each side being -4 & -7, so while different or more classic approaches are taken when going into a match, they rarely score, but they also don’t concede a criminal amount of goals, while teams like Real Betis sit 11th in the table with a -6 goal difference.
Espanyol’s only missing player is the long-serving Sergio García and Leo Baptistao is back, whereas Alcalá, Espinosa, Kayode and Muniesa all miss out for Girona.
Potential Espanyol Starting XI: López, Sánchez, Hermoso, López, Martín, Jurado, Darder, Fuego, Piatti, Baptistao, Moreno.
Potential Girona Starting XI: Bono, Timor, Ramalho, Juanpe, Maffeo, Granell, Pons, Benítez, Portu, Stuani, García.
Head To Head
- The clubs have only ever played each other in friendlies, Girona having won 2 of the three previous matches.
Stats & Facts
- Girona have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matches.
- There have been under 2.5 goals in Espanyol’s last 4 home games.
- Espanyol 20/21
- Draw 127/50
- Girona 7/2
- Espanyol to win 2-1 is 15/2
- Both teams to score is 10/11