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Espanyol vs Girona

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – RCDE Stadium

Date: 11th December 2017

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

These sides are guilty of being inconsistent this season and although Espanyol will be favourites here due to home advantage, we can expect both sides to give a good account of themselves.

Girona seem to play better when they play teams that consider them underdogs and that could be the reason why they have taken four points from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this season but lost to Alaves last time out.

For a side who has just been promoted to the La Liga, they play one of the most positive styles of football in the division.

Their wingbacks are very effective in terms of bombing forward and most of their goals this term has resulted from crosses from the wings.

However, they also seem to be generous defensively as they have kept a clean sheet in only 14% of their games this season, with 64% ending in both teams scoring.

Girona’s defence will be delighting Gerard Moreno at Espanyol after his good start to the season.

The attacker has scored 6 goals in all competition already this season and 2 in his last 3 games.

He is rarely out with injury as he has missed only one game since the start of last season which was due to suspension.

Espanyol has not hit the heights they reached last season but they have the quality to avoid relegation and Quiques Flores will be hoping his side can start winning games soon.

They have kept just one clean sheet in their last five games and Girona could take advantage of potential defensive lapse here.

This is the first top flight meeting between these two sides.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Eibar 3-1 Espanyol 3 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 3-2 Tenerife 30 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Espanyol 1-0 Getafe 27 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Espanyol 0-2 Valencia 19 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Alavés 1-0 Espanyol 4 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Girona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Girona 2-3 Alavés 4 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Levante 1-1 Girona 28 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
D Real Betis 2-2 Girona 25 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Girona 1-1 Real Sociedad 17 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Levante 1-2 Girona 5 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

January 22, 2018
Eibar 21:00 Málaga
January 26, 2018
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Eibar
January 27, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 13:00 Levante
Valencia 16:15 Real Madrid
Málaga 18:30 Girona
Villarreal 20:45 Real Sociedad
January 28, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Espanyol
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Las Palmas
Sevilla 18:30 Getafe
Barcelona 20:45 Deportivo Alavés
January 29, 2018
Celta de Vigo 21:00 Real Betis
February 2, 2018
Real Sociedad 21:00 Deportivo De La Coruña
February 3, 2018
Eibar 13:00 Sevilla
Real Betis 16:15 Villarreal
Deportivo Alavés 18:30 Celta de Vigo
Levante 20:45 Real Madrid
February 4, 2018
Getafe 12:00 Leganés
Espanyol 16:15 Barcelona
Girona 18:30 Athletic Bilbao
Atlético de Madrid 20:45 Valencia

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 20 17 3 0 57 9 +48 54
2 Atlético de Madrid 20 12 7 1 29 9 +20 43
3 Valencia 20 12 4 4 41 21 +20 40
4 Real Madrid 19 10 5 4 39 18 +21 35
5 Villarreal 20 10 4 6 28 22 +6 34
6 Sevilla 20 10 2 8 26 28 -2 32
7 Celta de Vigo 20 8 4 8 35 28 +7 28
8 Getafe 20 7 6 7 25 20 +5 27
9 Girona 20 7 6 7 29 29 +0 27
10 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 -7 27
11 Real Betis 20 8 3 9 33 41 -8 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 20 6 8 6 23 22 +1 26
13 Leganés 19 7 4 8 17 19 -2 25
14 Espanyol 20 6 6 8 16 25 -9 24
15 Real Sociedad 20 6 5 9 34 36 -2 23
16 Deportivo Alavés 20 6 1 13 16 29 -13 19
17 Levante 20 3 9 8 16 28 -12 18
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 20 4 4 12 22 44 -22 16
19 Las Palmas 20 4 2 14 16 47 -31 14
20 Málaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 -20 11

Spanish Primera Results

January 21, 2018
Real Betis 0 - 5 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Celta de Vigo
Real Madrid 7 - 1 Deportivo De La Coruña
Deportivo Alavés 2 - 2 Leganés
January 20, 2018
Las Palmas 2 - 1 Valencia
Villarreal 2 - 1 Levante
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 1 Girona
Espanyol 0 - 3 Sevilla
January 19, 2018
Getafe 2 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
January 15, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 2 Leganés
January 14, 2018
Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona
Espanyol 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Sevilla
Levante 0 - 1 Celta de Vigo
January 13, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 1 - 2 Valencia
Eibar 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 6 - 0 Las Palmas
January 12, 2018
Getafe 1 - 0 Málaga
January 8, 2018
Málaga 0 - 1 Espanyol

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