Monday 4 Dec

Girona vs Alaves - Match Preview

04 Dec 2017 Ed Mackey SPAIN: LaLiga
SPAIN: LaLiga

Girona FC

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D

vs

Kick-off
20:00 GMT
04 December 2017

CD Alaves

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • 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.

HEAD TO HEAD

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.

GIRONA NEWS

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

ALAVES NEWS

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

SUMMARY

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 - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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