Girona vs Leganes
Round 24 in Spain La liga and a match between Girona and Leganes.
Girona performed very solid after the Christmas break with 2 home wins from 2 matches(against Las Palmas-6:0 and Bilbao-2:0) and as visitors they earned 2 draws and 2 losses. I have to point that they visited teams like Atl.Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia and Malaga, without being outplayed in none of them. They played very good at Mestalla, but lost 2:1 after an own goal and comeback by the Baths. Girona succeeded to take a point against Malaga after a goalless draw and 1:1 against Atl.Madrid, while in the last round they lost 1:0 against Sevilla, but missed a penalty during the first half. Girona are just 5 points from EL places at 10th position and I think they realize how close they are from top 6 placed Sevilla. Matches like this against Leganes are almost required to be won and they have enough attacking power to do this job when we saw that they can even beat Real Madrid at home, no matter what was the form of the Madrid giant. Christian Stiani will be the main force in attack. Pons and Luiz are doubtful for this game, but they have good replacements.
Leganes are close to Girona in the ranking at 12th position, but I expect them not to be so fresh. They played a lot of matches in the cup as they were eliminated by Sevilla in the semifinals last week. They have played 12 matches after the Christmas break and if we compared them with only six by Girona I think we can give the home team here big advantage. Leganes don't have a long bench and most of the starting line-up will be the same and players will be tired. They made some changes last round against Eibar at home and I was right to bet on Eibar, cause I expected them to be tired. Eibar totally outplayed them but only scoring one goal from about 4/5 chances, while Leganes don't have a single shot on target. Now it's expected Slaudio Beauvue to lead the attack and he is the main force to score goals. He will be supported by Amrabat, Gabriel and El Zhar. Central defender Dimitrios Siovas in suspended after the red card he got last round and that's a big missing for them.
Girona have a win and a draw in their last two home games against Leganes and I expect them to win here even easier than the odds suggest. I think tiredness will have a big role here and Girona will dominate during most of the match time.
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Girona vs Leganes prediction
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