Sevilla vs Girona: Preview, Team News, Likely Lineups, And Prediction
The RojiBlancos resume their La Liga action against Girona after certifying their place in the final of the Copa del Rey.
Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is set to host the match between home side Sevilla and Girona for match-day 23 of the Liga Santander 2017-18 season. Sevilla are in the Europa League spots at the moment while many consider newly promoted Girona as the surprise package of this season.
The Red and the Whites will come into the on the back of a mixed week. The side were swept aside by Eibar in the league last season in which Seville had to suffer a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Eibar. However, they took the semi-final of the Copa Del Rey into their hands and qualified for the tournament’s final where they will face mighty Barcelona.
Sevilla’s La Liga form has been highly inconsistent they have lost three games in their last five matches in the league, winning on only one occasion. Their Europa League place is also hanging in the balance as Eibar, Celta Vigo and Girona are right behind them in the table.
Los Rojiblancos have accumulated 33 points in 22 matches this season and are currently in the sixth position in the league table. They have found the net only 28 times in this campaign, which is the worst among the top half of the table teams. They have also let in 34 goals so far, which shows signs of a shaky defense.
Girona have surprised everyone after just getting promoted for the first time ever in their short history. The club is partly owned by the same owners as Manchester City and is flooded by players on loan from Man City. They are currently in ninth position in the league and are only two points off the top six.
The Gironistes are full of confidence after the win over La Liga giants Athletic Bilbao last week. They finished the game with two goals to their name and thus jumped to the top half of the table. Christian Stuani scored both the goals, which were his eleventh and twelfth goal in the league.
Girona have scored more goals than they have conceded which is always a positive sign. 31 goals in scored in twenty-two games is excellent for a newly promoted side and letting in 29 goals is better than some teams higher in the table than them
Sevilla have an excellent home record this season only losing once in the league at home. Girona have only won three games on the road, which were all against bottom half teams.
Vincenzo Montella will not have his star center-back Simon Kjaer up for selection as he still is recovering from back trouble. Fullback Sebastien Corchia is suffering from a hamstring injury.
Central midfielder Ever Banega is suspended for the match after he accumulated five yellow cards this league campaign.
Wassim Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel have netted five goals each for the club.
Pedro Alcala is the only first team player sidelined due to an ankle injury. He has missed 19 games so far this season.
Pablo Maffeo is suspended for the match as he has collected five yellow cards for the season.
Christian Stuani has hit twelve goals already this season, and he is the fourth highest scorer in the league. Portu has also chipped in with 8 goals.
The teams have met only once in the league which was earlier this season. Sevilla won away from home with a goal to nil.
Sevilla vs Girona Lineup (Predicted XI)
Sevilla Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Jesus Navas Lenglet Mercado Escudero
N’Zonzi – Mesa
Sarabia – Vasquez– Correa
Girona Lineup (3-4-3)
Espinosa Juanpe Ramalho
Benitez Pere Pons – Granell – Mojica
Sevilla vs Girona Predictions
This match is the clash between a Liga Santander giant and a minnow but will be a fascinating game to watch because of Girona’s success against top sides of the division.
Our Prediction: Seville 1-1 Girona