Girona vs Athletic Club Preview


Girona vs Athletic Club

Competition – Spanish Primera Liga

Stadium: Municipal de Montilivi

Date: 4th November 2022

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Athletic Bilbao will travel to Northern Catalonia this Friday to face struggling Girona in the 13th Round of the 2022/23 La Liga season.

The hosts welcome their visitors to the Estadio Municipal de Montilivi on the back of a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. Having held the Champions League and La Liga defending champions to a goalless draw for much of the game, they took the lead in the 80th minute when Christian Stuani converted from the spot.

But Real Madrid levelled the score at the death and could have even won the game but for a controversial VAR call which even Girona coach Michel agreed was wrong.

Regardless of his thoughts on the Madrid game, Michel will be grateful that his side got a valuable point which put them just above the relegation zone on goal difference ahead of this round. However, Girona are winless in their last seven games (D3, L4) and have kept no clean sheets in La Liga this season.

However, they will be buoyed by their return home to the Estadi Montilivi where they have earned eight of their ten La Liga (LL) points this season (W2, D2, L2). They will be hoping to record only their second-ever victory against Athletic Bilbao (L3) who are winless in their last three league away games.

They have scored 20 goals this season. Only Real Madrid and Barcelona (both 29) have scored more goals this season.

The visitors are looking to make it back-to-back league wins after ending a run of four games without a win (D2, L2) last weekend with a 1-0 win over Villarreal at home.

Having already secured their best record at this point of a La Liga season during the 21st century, Ernesto Valverde’s men come into this tie sitting in the sixth position, two points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid.

They are aiming for a top-six finish this season to enable them to return to UEFA competition for the first time in six seasons by the end of the campaign.

However, they know that there is no room for error in the race for the top positions as just three points separate third and seventh positions in the league table.

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera Liga:

May 25, 2024
Real Sociedad 15:15 Atlético de Madrid
Almeria 17:30 Cadiz
Rayo Vallecano 17:30 Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid 20:00 Real Betis
May 26, 2024
Getafe 13:00 Mallorca
Celta Vigo 15:15 Valencia
Las Palmas 15:15 Alaves
Sevilla 20:00 Barcelona

Spanish Primera Liga Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Real Madrid 37 29 7 1 87 26 +61 94
2 Barcelona 37 25 7 5 77 43 +34 82
3 Girona 38 25 6 7 85 46 +39 81
4 Atlético de Madrid 37 23 4 10 68 43 +25 73
5 Athletic Bilbao 37 18 11 8 60 37 +23 65
6 Real Sociedad 37 16 12 9 51 37 +14 60
7 Real Betis 37 14 14 9 48 45 +3 56
8 Villarreal 38 14 11 13 65 65 +0 53
9 Valencia 37 13 9 15 38 43 -5 48
10 Osasuna 38 12 9 17 45 56 -11 45
11 Alaves 37 12 9 16 35 45 -10 45
12 Getafe 37 10 13 14 41 52 -11 43
13 Sevilla 37 10 11 16 47 52 -5 41
14 Celta Vigo 37 10 10 17 44 55 -11 40
15 Las Palmas 37 10 9 18 32 46 -14 39
16 Rayo Vallecano 37 8 14 15 29 47 -18 38
17 Mallorca 37 7 16 14 31 43 -12 37
18 Cadiz 37 6 15 16 25 49 -24 33
19 Granada 38 4 9 25 38 79 -41 21
20 Almeria 37 2 12 23 37 74 -37 18

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