Preview - Girona vs Real Madrid 27 August 18

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Match Day 2
Girona vs Real Madrid
Monday, August 27th, 2018
05:15am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadi Montelivi

Last five matches form: D L L W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.32
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.55
Top Scorer 17/18: Christhian Stuani (21)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: D L W D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.47
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.16
Top Scorer 17/18: Gareth Bale (16)

Real Madrid take their next step in the post Cristiano Ronaldo era as they travel to Girona to take on Eusebio Sacristán and his men.

Real Madrid were pretty impressive in their season opener against Getafe, thoroughly bossing the game for a 2-0 victory. Replacing the goals and assists of Ronaldo will be no easy task, but if they are to able control the tempo of the matches like they did last week they may not be too far away come the end of the season.

Girona will likely be disappointed with their season opener as they failed to break down newly promoted Real Valladolid at home. They steered clear of relegation last term, but if they are to avoid getting sucked into the battle this time around they will need to improve markedly on that opening display.

Real put six past Girona when the teams last met at the Bernabeu. Girona did come out 2-1 in this fixture last season though in what was a big shock result.

Not too many injuries of note ahead of this one. Johan Mojica misses out for the hosts, whilst Jesús Vallejo is Real's only absentee.

Julen Lopetegui seems intent on employing a possession based game, and he certainly has the players at his disposal to pull it off. We fancy Real to smother inferior opposition in many games this season  and see them coming out on top in this one.

Prediction: Girona 0 - 2 Real Madrid


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots:  7 - 11
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 39% - 61%

Pedro Porro and Marc Muniesa were booked for Girona with referee Juan Martinez Munuera also taking the names of Dani Carvajal, Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid.

Real ultimately ran out comfortable winners here but for a long while this wasn't anything like as easy as the final score line would suggest, with the visitors really needing two penalty decisions to swing things firmly in their favour.

It was Girona who took the lead in the 17th minute. A good break down the right-hand side from Anthony Lozano who fired on goal only to see his effort blocked. Borja Garcia was onto it in a flash though to finish expertly into the top right corner from around twelve yards.

Real were handed a way back into the game in the 38h minute when Marco Asensio was bundled over in the area - although there was more than a sniff of a dive about this. Sergio Ramos stepping up to cheekily dink the ball home. 1-1 at the break.

Real had another chance from the spot in the 52nd minute. Karim Benzema this time doing the honours to find the bottom right corner.

Seven minutes later the points were as good as in the bag. Isco splitting the Girona defence to send Gareth Bale racing through on goal down the right. Cool finish from the Welshman into the bottom left from the edge of the area.

Benzema grabbed his second of the night in the 80th minute. Gareth Bale turning provider this time to tee up the Frenchman around six yards from goal. He couldn't really miss. And didn't.

4-1 final score as Real Madrid's encouraging start to the Lopetegui era continues.

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