Monday 4 Dec

Girona vs Alaves - Match Preview

04 Dec 2017 Tampines -Tanjong Pagar SPAIN: LaLiga

Girona FC

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D


20:00 GMT
04 December 2017

CD Alaves

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

20:00 GMT 04 December 2017

It's hotting up in La Liga as we get closer to reaching that elusive annual winter break and the Monday match sees Alaves make the trip to Girona to face one of this season's surprise packages. Girona are 12th in the table after a fantastic start to the campaign while Alaves are cut adrift at the foot of the table, six points from safety.


  • Girona have been in fine form in the league this season and their unbelievable 2-1 win over Real Madrid typifies the great performances they have been turning in. This win over the European giants started a run of four matches without defeat that they are currently enjoying. They drew 2-2 with Real Betis in their last match which was disappointing as they went ahead in the match on two occasions.
  • Alaves are struggling this term and with just six points on the board from their 13 matches, they are strong favourites for relegation this season. These points have come courtesy of wins over Espanyol (1-0) and Real Betis (2-0), two matches where they showed that they have enough quality to consolidate their place in La Liga, but it has been their lack of consistency which has let them down.
  • Christhian Stuani and Portu have been leading the line for Girona this season and both players are in good form. Stuani has seven league goals while Portu has five.
  • Christian Santos has been feeding off scraps this term and with just two league goals, he is Alaves' leading scorer.


Most of the meetings between these sides have come in the second division of Spanish football and Monday's game will be the first in the top-flight. In the last two fixtures, they have one win apiece, both by a 1-0 scoreline. These came in the 2015/16 season and it was Juli who scored the winner for Alaves in their win as three men were sent off while Lekic got the only goal of the game when Girona won. In the nine matches between Alaves and Girona, there have only been two where both sides have hit the back of the net.


A win for Girona would put them in a very good position at this stage of the season as they would definitely go at least 8th in the table (and 7th with a big enough win). They are lucky to not have any injuries to worry about and they could use this to their advantage as they look to climb even further up the league.

Latest matches: Girona FC

28.11.2017 Copa Levante UD Girona FC 1:1 D
25.11.2017 LaLi Betis Sevilla Girona FC 2:2 D
17.11.2017 LaLi Girona FC Real Sociedad 1:1 D
05.11.2017 LaLi Levante UD Girona FC 1:2 W
29.10.2017 LaLi Girona FC Real Madrid 2:1 W


If Alaves were to pick up an unlikely win, they would move off the bottom of the table and leapfrog Malaga in 19th but it will take at least two wins to get them out of the drop zone. Not only do they have nine players unavailable for the clash, their top scorer is suspended for the next match.

Latest matches: CD Alaves

30.11.2017 Copa CD Alaves Getafe CF 3:0 W
25.11.2017 LaLi CD Alaves SD Eibar 1:2 L
18.11.2017 LaLi Getafe CF CD Alaves 4:1 L
04.11.2017 LaLi CD Alaves Espanyol Barcelona 1:0 W
28.10.2017 LaLi CD Alaves Valencia CF 1:2 L


Against a very poor and out-of-form Alaves side, Girona are strong favourites to win this game, especially in front of their home fans. Alaves won't put up much of a challenge and are expected to be comfortably beaten by an in-form Girona side who can move into the top eight with a win.

About the author - Tampines -Tanjong Pagar

  1. Tampines: Tampines Football Club, also known as Tampines Rovers, is a professional soccer team based in Singapore. They compete in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) and have a rich history in Singaporean football. Here are some key points to consider about Tampines:


  • Experienced Squad: Tampines Rovers have a good mix of experienced players who bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to the team.
  • Strong Attack: The team boasts several talented attacking players who are capable of creating scoring opportunities and finding the back of the net.
  • Consistent Performers: Tampines Rovers have been consistently competitive in the SPL, often finishing near the top of the league table.


  • Defensive Vulnerabilities: At times, Tampines Rovers have shown vulnerabilities in their defense, which can lead to conceding goals.
  • Inconsistency: While they have had successful campaigns in the past, there have been instances where they struggled to maintain a consistent performance level.
  1. Tanjong Pagar: Tanjong Pagar United Football Club is another Singaporean soccer team that participates in the Singapore Premier League. After a hiatus, they made a return to the league in recent years. Here's an assessment of Tanjong Pagar:


  • Resurgence: After their return to the SPL, Tanjong Pagar has shown resilience and determination to re-establish themselves as a competitive team.
  • Young Talent: The team has invested in young players, giving them opportunities to develop and showcase their abilities.
  • Fighting Spirit: Tanjong Pagar has displayed a never-give-up attitude, often putting up spirited performances even against stronger opponents.


  • Limited Squad Depth: Tanjong Pagar may face challenges due to a relatively smaller squad and fewer resources compared to some other teams in the league.
  • Defensive Fragility: The team has struggled with defensive solidity at times, leading to conceding goals more frequently.

Overall, Tampines Rovers have a stronger track record and a more established presence in the Singapore Premier League. They possess experienced players and have a history of competitive performances. On the other hand, Tanjong Pagar is a team that has been rebuilding and showing signs of progress. While they may face challenges, they have displayed resilience and a commitment to improvement.

It's important to note that soccer teams' performance can vary over time, so it's always a good idea to keep up with the latest news and updates on their progress.

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