Match date: 11 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Spanish Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1
| Match result:
0-1 - Lost
Espanyol occupies 16th position in Spanish Primera after 14 matches played and they weren't so great, some improving must happen if they wan to reach more comfortable zone, now are only four points above red line and tonight in last match of 15th round in Primera will face with newly promoted Girona, they must go for a victory and as opponents aren't in some great form at the moment Espanyol should be able to grab points,, victory in this game would lead them at 10th position and i'm pretty sure that hosts can win, their attack must start with scoring since in 14 games they scored only 11 goals.
Last time they faced with Girona more than two years ago in friendly game and were defeated with convincing result, here i expect different result. Hosts are coming to this duel after were defeated by Eibar on the road, in that duel Espanyol were outplayed and just couldn't earn points, in Cup eliminated Tenerife after victory at this stadium while against Getafe at this stadium two weeks ago took all three points after narrow victory. Hosts are playing much better at home stadium and all victories in this season came in front of their fans, i believe that tonight will manage to grab all three points. Defenders Naldo (4/0), Javi Lopez (2/0), midfielder Diop (5/0) and forward Garcia (13/0) are all injured and will miss this duel.
For the first time in their 87 years long history Girona managed to win promotion into Spanish Primera and now main goal off course is to keep their status among elite, that is'n an easy task but at this moment they are at 14th position at the table with 17 points out of 14 rounds and five points are above relegation placed Alaves, as newcomers they can be satisfied with the fact that are still safe but now i doubt that will manage to achieve positive outcome at this field against very unpleasant hosts, their defense wasn't so great and i doubt that will manage to save their own net.
In last four games Girona are without victory, in last game at home one week ago were defeated by Alaves with one goal margin after not very interesting first half they scored two goals on start of the second period, however opponents took initiative in last 20 minutes and scored three goals, that was 5th defeat for Girona in this campaign and i doubt that tonight can get back on the tracks as in front of them are decent opponents which must earn all three points. Guests had their moments, more than a month ago they defeated title defenders Real Madrid and proved that can be very unpleasant but i just doubt that will earn something in this duel. Defenders Espinosa (13/0), Muniesa (10/0), Alcala (5/1) and forward Kayode (10/0) are all on list of injured players and will miss this duel.
Espanyol are struggling to find their form in this season and must show more than so far to reach safer positions, they are coming here after were defeated and must recoup that, guests as newcomers can be satisfied with the fact that are still safe but to keep it that way must show some pretty good performances, anyway victory of Espanyol is my pick here, at home field i'm convinced that will take all three points.