Following the stoppage of friendly matches between national teams and qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Spanish Championship will again have a ball rolling this Friday, November 17th. In the Municipal stadium of Montilivi, in Girona, the venues will receive Real Sociedad. The match, which is part of the schedule of the twelfth round of La Liga in its 2017/2018 season starts scheduled to 18h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Girona
The hosts own a three-game winning streak in the tournament. They beat La Coruña, out; the mighty Real Madrid, at home; and Levante out, all with a score of 2 to 1 in the three most recent rounds. With that, he reached 15 points (four wins, three draws and four losses).
Although its primary objective is to avoid relegation to the Second Division, the much higher-than-expected performance makes the team look for a place in the qualifying zone for European tournaments. This block is closed by Seville, sixth place, with four points more.
The home-made retrospect, however, does not allow much hope in this regard. Girona are only the 14th best in the Spanish Championship. In his dominions he added only seven (two wins, one draw and three losses) of the 18 possible.
To try to improve this performance, coach Pablo Marchin has all his main players at his disposal. Only three players in the cast, who can not be considered starters, are in the infirmary. Defender Pedro Alcala (five matches in the 2017/2018 season of La Liga, one goal) is the most important of this group as he gains opportunities to play frequently when he is in good physical condition. The stockings Eloi Amagat and Farid Boulaya complete the ratio of casualties.
The current form of Real Sociedad
A place in continental tournaments is also the goal of Real Sociedad, who is in a better position in this battle. He has 17 points (five wins, two draws and four losses) added. It is in the seventh position, the first outside the classification zone for the Europa League.
Coach Eusebio Sacristan deployed a rather offensive tactical system. With 24 goals scored, Real Sociedad has the third best performance in this area in La Liga. It is only surpassed by Barcelona and Valencia, who scored 30 goals. Can overcome the giant Real Madrid, who rocked the network of rivals in 22 opportunities.
However, this strategy is often costly, since the defense is more exposed. Real took 21 goals. He has the most defensive system among the top 16 placed in the 2017/2018 La Liga season after 11 rounds.
This characteristic has made the team have an all-or-nothing visitor campaign. In five matches, they were three wins and two losses. He is the fifth best visitor of the Spanish Championship.
To face Girona, the only doubt of Sacristan is in relation to striker Imanol Agirretxe, who has been away from the team since the beginning of October. He suffered a thigh injury. He will hardly be released for Friday’s game.
History of the matches
There were only four encounters involving the teams, all in the Second Division. There was a win for each side and two draws.
Although it comes from an extremely positive sequence and can boast a victory, facing, against Real Madrid in this list, Girona is a team technically more limited than Real Sociedad. So the guess at the visitors is the best betting option. It has a price of 2.60 in Bet365. Victory of the owners of the house paid 2.62 and draw has a prize of 3.30.