Girona vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 27 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadi Municipal de Montilivi (Girona).
Girona and Barcelona take on each other in the small Catalan derby on Sunday afternoon at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi. The clash comes right in between their respective Copa del Rey quarterfinal ties with Real Madrid and Sevilla.
Both sides will have a tough job annulling their deficits from first leg affairs. Barcelona fell 2-0 to Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, while Girona shipped two late goals to lose 4-2 to Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu.
Speaking of La Liga, Blaugrana did much better so far in the season. The reigning champions are five points clear at the top of the ladder after a streak of seven successive wins in the league. They bagged two or more goals in each of these victories and should have no troubles maintaining such splendid attacking form against the likes of Girona here.
Girona vs Barcelona: Head-to-head
Barca won four and drew one of five H2H games between Catalan rivals.
Blaugrana have a goal difference of 16-6 in these matches.
However, we have to mention that the previous derby saw a shocking 2-2 draw at Camp Nou back in September last year.
Three or more goals were seen in all of five head to head outings.
Girona vs Barcelona: Prediction
Blanquivermell began the season in a promising fashion, but their form has seen a massive slide of late.
They are winless in last ten fixtures in all competitions. Eusebio Sacristan has reasons to be worried ahead of the clash with the strongest attacking line-up in the league as his troops allowed at least three goals in all of past three matches they played.
Ernesto Valverde will be without injured Ousmane Dembele, but Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are both likely to feature from the first minute. Messi only came on as a sub in the 3-1 win over Leganes last weekend, while he completely skipped mid-week Copa del Rey tie with Sevilla.
Messi & company should have plenty of room to deliver up front and we would be shocked to see anything else but a comprehensive victory for the visiting side at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi.
Girona vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
HT/FT Barcelona/Barcelona @ 1.83 (5/6)
Barcelona -1.5 handicap @ 1.95 (19/20).