Girona vs Tenerife predictions and match preview for Saturday’s Segunda Division Play-Off Final 1st Leg. Read on for analysis as both sides target promotion to the top flight.
|Saturday 11th June 2022
|21:00 (local time)
|Segunda Division Play-Off Final 1st Leg
Girona vs Tenerife Preview
The first leg of the Segunda playoff final is here and what a final we have. It all begins in the Estadi Montilivi as Girona host Tenerife in what should be a tense but exciting match for the two sides.
Everybody wrote Girona off in their second leg semi-final tie and rightfully so as the Estadio Ipurua is a very difficult place to go and especially when you are also a goal down going into it. The sight of top scorer Cristhian Stuani on the bench also left a lot of pundits scratching their heads but Head Coach Míchel had a plan and it certainly delivered.
It was a fast start. In the first minute Borja Garcia fired in one of the goals of the season to put the Blanquivermells ahead and it was game on as now it was 1-1 on aggregate and everything to play for. Girona looked tired in the second half and Eibar were putting on the pressure but it was Girona’s Juan Carlos to the rescue as he pulled off two great saves to keep his side in it.
As the game went into Extra Time, a goal from star striker Stuani won it for Girona and they now see themselves in the final for the third consecutive season. Can they finally do it this time around? Michel will want his side to take a good lead going into the return leg next week.
Tenerife’s last win before the play offs was a 1-0 win over Girona in the Montilivi. Head Coach Luis Miguel Ramis would love nothing more than a repeat of that this weekend. Going into the play offs, Tenerife had lost three on the bounce and Las Palmas were flying winning their last five games but we all know anything can happen in these decisive end of season games.
A great first leg win over their rivals set up a nice second leg in which Los Chicharreros started fast and took the lead after four minutes with a header from striker Enric. He was on the scoresheet again just before Half Time putting his side 2-0 up with a penalty. Las Palmas did get one back but Tenerife’s resilient defending did enough to see them go through to the final and their hopes of returning to the big time are still alive.
It has been a thirteen year absence since they were in the Primera. They will need to be at their best in this tie and will be hoping to take something back to the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez next week.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Tenerife Wins, 2 Girona Wins.
- Tenerife were 1-0 winners in the league on this ground only last month.
- The previous 5 clashes between the sides had all produced home wins.
- Girona had won 5 of their previous 6 home games against Tenerife, prior to that recent defeat.
Girona vs Tenerife Predictions
Score Prediction: Girona 2-1 Tenerife
It will no doubt be a tense affair, but Girona’s confidence will be sky high after the win in Eibar and with Tenerife having a great defence, they may just want to frustrate Girona and set it up nicely for the return leg. Girona might just have the edge with home advantage but it’s hard to see anything being settled on the night and it should still be all to play for going into the second leg.
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