Girona vs Real Valladolid
Spain – La Liga
Date: Friday, 17 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:15 UK / 20:15 CET
Venue: Estadi Municipal de Montilivi, Girona.
Girona and Real Valladolid will have the honour to open the new La Liga season with the clash at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi on Friday evening.
This will be the first elite class appearance for Pucela in four years as they managed to claw their way to the promotion through Segunda Division play-offs in May.
Do they have what it takes to stay competitive in the top flight?
The trip to Girona could give some answers to such question as Estadi Municipal de Montilivi has been among the toughest fortresses to conquer last year in La Liga.
Blanquivermell generally enjoyed a very strong campaign finishing tenth at the end of their debut season in the elite tier of the Spanish football.
Nevertheless, the hosts lost the head coach Pablo Machin in between two seasons as the former Real Sociedad manager Eusebio Sacristian will make his official debut on the bench on Friday.
Girona vs Real Valladolid: Head-to-head
- Girona have the chance to make it all square in the H2H record with Pucela.
- A win for the hosts would level it up at five wins apiece ahead of team’s 12th head to head encounter.
- However, we must say that Valladolid only managed to pick up one point from five visits to Estadi Municipal de Montilivi over the course of history.
Girona vs Real Valladolid: Prediction
Girona will also come into the match in higher spirits following their fine set of performances in pre-season friendlies. Sacristian’s side won four, drew one and lost one of six off-season matches.
They were pretty impressive in the final third along the way netting at least four goals on three occasions in the process. Blanquivermell concluded the preparations period with a 3-3 draw to Getafe on Saturday.
Juanpe, Antony Lozano and Aleix Garcia were their most lethal weapons up front.
Valladolid were popular for their attacking-minded style last year, but the arrival of the new manager Sergio Soriano seems to have shifted team’s aspirations.
Pucela played very tight affairs during the off-season, conceding only two goals in last five games against Almeria, Malaga, Deportivo La Coruna, Rayo Vallecano and Nurnberg.
It’s a tough one to call, but we’ll shoot for the home win knowing Girona won 4 and drew 1 of five H2H games with Valladolid at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi.
As we expect the visitors to sit tight at the back, the alternative option will be Girona to keep a clean sheet.
Girona vs Real Valladolid Betting Tips
Girona to win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Girona to keep a clean sheet @ 2.20 (6/5).