No doubt that the ambitions of Girona were to bounce back to LaLiga straight away, but the season isn’t going in the best possible direction for them til now.
There is plenty of individual quality, but they fail to get positive results in consecutive matches. After a good performance at home and a win against Extramadura UD, they failed to present themselves better in a 1:0 loss away to Tenerife last Sunday.
Even though they stood early back in the scoreline and had much more of the ball possession, they failed to respond properly later on.
Some good chances were created, a lot of passes exchanged, but nothing changed unfortunately for the visitors, despite actually being better on the field.
The team is now two points behind the playoff positions and with the individual quality they have, their further involvement in the playoff race is expected.
Offensive midfielder Valery Fernandez (17/0) remains injured and out.
Villarreal suffered a 1:2 home loss to Espanyol last weekend, even though the team was set as a huge favorite after a run of positive results.
However, their guests have surprised them with a goal in the fifth minute already via Lopez, completely reverting the circumstances into their own favor.
It was much easier for Espanyol to play since then, jeopardizing the opponents via counters, while Villarreal struggled to create something more concrete despite the ball possession.
They, however, couldn’t have entered the second halftime in a worse manner, conceding a goal again. Even though the guests played with a man less in the last thirty, all the players of Villarreal could do was to reduce the deficit via penalty kick converted by Cazorla, even though few great chances were created till the end.
The side is now three points behind the European zone and surely won’t give up on that race that easily.
Defensive midfielder Bruno Soriano (no performance this season) and midfielder Manu Morales (2/0) are sidelined due to injuries for this one.
Villarreal is a slight favorite here, however with the way Girona plays in front of its own fans, I expect highly competitive and an open game – since it’s a Cup competition.
Both teams scoring seems like more than likely outcome between the sides that don’t seem that reliable at the back, unlike their offensive potential is.