Sports Mole previews Saturday’s La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Girona, including predictions, team news and potential players.
The top two in La Liga lock horns in a big clash on Saturday evening, with the league leaders. real Madrid receiving the second Girona at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have taken 58 points from their 23 league games this season to lead the Spanish top flight, but surprisingly Girona are left with just two points. Carlo Ancelottiside in front of the competition.
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Real Madrid’s run in the league this season has been impressive, boasting 18 wins, four draws and one defeat from 23 games, which has seen them amass 58 points to top the table.
Los Blancos are eight ahead of third-placed Barcelona and 10 adrift of fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, and the club would have considered the two top rivals at the start of the season, but Girona are not going, they are the players. The Catalan outfit has an amazing campaign.
Girona’s only league defeat in the competition came against Real Madrid on 30 September, while Ancelotti’s side have not lost in the Spanish top flight since a 3-1 win against Atletico Madrid on 24 September.
Real Madrid came close to securing what would have been a crucial three points against Atletico last week Brahim DiazA first-half effort saw them lead until the 93rd minute, right Marcos Llorente he went to the leveler Diego Simeone‘s side following failure to protect.
Ancelotti’s side have already won the Spanish Super Cup this season and are looking to win the Champions League, preparing to travel to RB Leipzig next week for their last 16 tie.
Real Madrid can’t afford to lose their focus on the league, however, as they look to beat Girona in back-to-back matches when the two teams clash on Saturday evening.
Girona, as mentioned, lost 3-0 in the second leg earlier this season, but they beat Real Madrid 4-2 at home last time out and were on a three-match unbeaten run against them before this game last September.
Many expected Girona’s form to be lost by now, but the White and Reds have proved to be the real deal, going head-to-head with Real Madrid for much of the campaign.
MichelThe team has drawn two of their last four league games, including a 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad in the final, and they have two big games coming up, following this game with a trip to Athletic Bilbao.
Real Madrid’s thoughts will be elsewhere as the Champions League resumes, and Girona’s recent elimination from the Copa del Rey will allow them to put everything in the league.
Even if the Catalan outfit fail to claim the La Liga title, they are in danger of claiming Champions League football next season, which would be a great record for the club in their fourth season at this level.
Girona, who are the most successful in La Liga this season with 52, finished 10th last term, which was their last place, but they have won better this season.
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Real Madrid is sweating because of the intensity of Antonio Rudiger and Vinicius Juniorand the former missed Atletico because of a thigh problem, while the latter had to leave the starting XI last time due to neck pain.
Vinicius is expected to train on Friday with his teammates and has a strong chance of being included in the squad, while Rudiger is said to be fighting his battle to be available.
Los Blancos will be boosted by the return of Aurelien Tchouameni following the suspension, and the French international can play at the back, like With it all but canceled due to muscle issues.
David Alaba, Eder Militao and Thibaut Courtoiscurrently, it is not available for selection due to an ACL injury.
Brahim can keep his place in the side Rodrygo in the last third of the garden, when Eduardo Camavinga it’s still available even though he hit his knee last time.
Girona have appealed against the suspension of head coach Michel, the right-back Daley Blind and between Angel Herrera if he is sent off, then the former will not be in the lineup, while two key players will be missing due to being reserved for Real Sociedad’s last game.
Juan Carlos, David Lopez, Joel Roca and Toni Villa they are all injured, but Artem Dovbykwho has 14 goals and six assists in 21 La Liga games this season, has to overcome injuries in time.
Arnau Martinez It is possible to be a football player benefiting from the blind, when Pablo Torre can also be inserted into the midfield, and Savio and Viktor Tsyhankov continue in the main areas for visitors.
Real Madrid are expected to start:
Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Tchouameni, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Diaz
Girona can be the starters:
Gazzaniga; Couto, E Garcia, A Martinez, Gutierrez; Torre, A. Garcia, Martin; Tsyhankov, Dovbyk, Savio
We say: Real Madrid 2-1 Girona
This is shaping up to be an exciting game at the Bernabeu, as two of the best teams in La Liga this season lock horns. Girona would accept a point if awarded ahead of the game, and Real Madrid would be ready to do the same, but we can only feel that the top quality of their capital will help them to record a narrow victory in the game on Saturday. capital.
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