Girona vs Villarreal predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as two struggling sides meet.
DATE/TIME – Sunday 14th April 2019, 18:30 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Montilivi
COMPETITION – La Liga
This is a genuine relegation six-pointer now with Girona struggling to put distance between themselves and the relegation scrap. They’ve spurned several opportunities to do that and this is another one. However this time the repercussions of losing are far greater as Villarreal are the very team they are trying to move clear of. Just one point would separate the two teams were the Yellow Submarine to win it.
Villarreal too will be reflecting on a host of missed opportunities. Their last 3 league games have seen them let a 2 goal lead slip to lose at Celta Vigo, do likewise to draw against Barcelona and then miss a last minute penalty and a chance to salvage a draw from their trip to Betis. That’s effectively 6 points that they’ve let slide, the difference between them being above Girona and in 14th heading into this, opposed to their actual position in the relegation zone.
Girona have only won twice at home in La Liga this season though so Villarreal have plenty of reason to believe here. The Catalans have totally failed to turn Montilivi into any kind of fortress this season and suspensions to midfielders Alex Granell and Douglas Luiz make life a whole lot tougher for them here.
They should at least be the fresher of the two teams. Villarreal put out virtually their strongest eleven in the Europa League on Thursday. Javi Calleja may regret doing that already after his side slipped to a 3-1 loss against Valencia with yet more late goals conceded.
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Girona vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-2 Draw
Betting Tip: Both Teams to Score @ 1.66 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
Backing Villarreal to concede after the 89th minute might be an idea here given how often that has happened of late. The prolific Cristhian Stuani, who has scored 55% of his side’s league goals this term will certainly fancy his chances of breaching what is basically just a poor Villarreal defence. However Villarreal are capable of some good football and they should win the midfield battle and be able to create a number of chances of their own given the absences in the middle of the park for Girona. A few goals therefore look very likely in this one.
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Girona vs Villarreal H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 4 Girona Wins, 2 Villarreal Wins.
- The last 3 games between these clubs have all been won by the side playing away.
- Girona won 1-0 at the Ceramica earlier this term.
- However Villarreal were 2-1 winners on their last visit to Girona.
One to Watch – Vicente Iborra
#UEL | 1-1 ? 66′ | First change for the Yellows, as @carlos7bacca comes on for @Iborra_Vicente. pic.twitter.com/s3xJ2n9jqo
— Villarreal CF English (@Eng_Villarreal) April 11, 2019
Vicente Iborra has been a good signing for Villarreal. He has added a bit more drive and purpose to their midfield.
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Predicted Line Ups
Bono – Porro, Juanpe, Alcala, Garcia – Pons, Muniesa, Garcia – Portu, Stuani, Garcia (4-3-3)
Asenjo – Pedraza, Funes-Mori, Gonzalez, Gaspar – Morlanes, Caseres, Iborra – Fornals, Ekambi, Chukwueze (4-3-3)
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