Hercules vs Girona by Sunshine
Hercules didn't start the season according to their expectations as in comparison to the previous one, when they finished fifth at the table and played at the play-off round stage in order to get the Primera spot, they are now struggling early in the season with three consecutive losses and only one goal scored.
The team is coming from a 0:1 defeat, this time away from home against Alcorcon. Hosts were clearly the better side, with much more chances created, but they scored the winning goal from a tragic mistake of Hercules's goalkeeper. Later on, Hercules started playing a bit better, but only holding the ball more, while the creativity lacked just like in previous two matches and no dangerous chances were created in front of the hosts goal.
Without even a drawn game in first three rounds, Hercules is finding themselves at the bottom of the table but everyone in the club are sure that the more positive days are to come really soon. All they ask from their players is to be optimists and hard workers. Hosts will be without defenders Juanra and Sergio Diaz, while midfielder Gilvan Gomes is also injured and out for this clash.
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Girona, on the other hand, is having much better start of the season than their today's opponents. They are currently third, with one draw and two wins. After a goalless draw opening of the season against Sabadell at home, they won on the road against Deportivo Guadalajara 5:1, but also Ponfredina 1:0 at home.
Girona was lucky to win 1:0 at home last weekend when they faced up against Ponfredina. It was an open game where both teams had their chances to score the goal, in a match of a very high tempo. However, the only goal scored caused several protests and is surely one of the most doubtful regarding it's regularity from the beginning of the season.
Seven points out of nine possible is a great start for them, being in a great shape both at the back (they proved it against Ponfredina), but also working very well in the attack too. If they continue like that, their primary goal (to avoid relegation battle) might be achieved much sooner than they thought - and much more, they could be candidates for a play-off positions for Primera too. Midfielder Eloi and attacker Ariday are out for this game.
Girona showed much more at the beginning of the season, Hercules might be having a bit better reputation in previous years, but that's all what they have right now. Guests showed that they are playing very well, being rock solid at the defense and very dangerous up-front. All three matches Hercules played, they played it without creativity in the midfield and it was really hard for them to create real scoring chances. There is no doubt that they will have another tough game for them with those kinds of displays.
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