Barcelona vs Girona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 23 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Barcelona are the only team with a perfect record in La Liga after Real Madrid’s slip-up at San Mames last weekend in the fourth round.
Blaugrana were very close of slipping up themselves at Anoeta, but Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele somehow managed to find two quick goals to turn things around and complete a second-half comeback eight days ago against Real Sociedad.
Barca went on to storm past Dutch champions PSV in the opening round of the new Champions League campaign on Tuesday evening. Lionel Messi inspired a demolishing 4-0 victory with a hat-trick and he’ll thus come into the small Catalan derby against Girona in the highest of spirits.
The visitors will also head into this with an improved confidence after clinching back-to-back victories over the likes of Villarreal and Celta Vigo. Nonetheless, these successes will count for little when they come face to face with the defending champions who are yet to make a mistake this season.
Barcelona vs Girona: Head-to-head
- Barca bagged nine goals in two confident victories over local rivals in the previous term of La Liga.
- They’ve previous met just two times.
- Blaugrana won the 2011 friendly 2-1 as well as 2014 Copa Catalunya clash 3-2.
Barcelona vs Girona: Prediction
This one promises to bring plenty of goals. Barca’s defensive line did allow goals in last two league wins against Huesca (8-2) and Real Sociedad (2-1). We’d not be surprised to see the in-form Girona on the scoreline here knowing they’ve bagged three past Celta Vigo last weekend (a brace form Christian Stuani).
Home win & BTTS would thus be the standout pick here, set at the odds of 2.30. You can also try with two or more goals in the first half at the 1.66 odds.
Girona shipped four goals against Real Madrid at home earlier in the campaign. Knowing that Barcelona bagged 12 goals in last two home games in all competitions, we simply have to expect a true goal fest on Sunday evening at Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Girona: Bet Tips
Barcelona to win & BTTS @ 2.30 (13/10)
Over 1.5 goals in the first half @ 1.66 (4/6).