Preview - Barcelona vs Girona 24 September 18

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Match Day 5
Barcelona vs Girona
Monday, September 24th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 3.50
Average goals against per match: 0.75
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (4)

Last five matches form: W D L W W
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Cristhian Stuani (3)

Barcelona have been perfect so far in the defence of their crown, winning all four games in La Liga without too much fuss. Easy winners in the Champions League in midweek over PSV, they head back into La Liga action on a high, with Girona the visitors to Camp Nou.

Girona have started in decent form themselves, winning their last two against Villareal and Celta Vigo, with the only real blip coming when well beaten at home by Real Madrid. They face another of the real La Liga giants here though.

Girona were certainly no match for Barca last season, losing 3-0 at home, and being thumped 6-1 in this fixture.

Barcelona are free to field a full strength first eleven should they choose here, with squad player Sergi Samper being the only confirmed absentee.  Girona must do without Johan Mojica and Carles Planas.

Whilst Barcelona have never really looked in serious danger in any of their games to date, they weren't quite their usual fluent selves away at Real Sociedad last weekend. Having bounced back in the Champions League though they will be confident of turning on the style in front of their own fans in La Liga in this one.

Girona have been solid to date, but simply don't look to have enough about them to cause Barcelona any kind of serious threat, especially here at Camp Nou. A routine home win looks on the cards.

Prediction: Barcelona 3 - 0 Girona


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  18 - 6
Shots on target: 14 - 5
Corner Kicks: 8 - 2
Possession: 67% - 33%

Nelson Semedo, Arthur and Gerard Pique were all booked for Barcelona who also had Clement Lenglet shown a straight red card. Girona's Cristhian Stuani, Bernardo Espinosa, Jaunpe, Pedro Alcala and Portu all had their names taken by referee Jesus Gil Manzano.

Barcelona's perfect start to the season surprisingly came to an end against Girona on a dramatic evening at Camp Nou. The stats were all much as we would expect. Barcelona's 67% possession and 14 shots on target were all the more impressive though considering they were down to ten men for 55 minutes here.

Barcelona struck first in the 19th minute through Lionel Messi. Great work from Arturo Vidal breaking into the right-hand side of the box and teeing up Messi around the penalty spot. First time finish from Messi into the bottom left.

Then came the sending off. There didn't look to be a 100% intent when Lenglet's elbow caught Pere Pons on the chin, but upon consultation with VAR, off he went.

Then on the stroke of half-time hesitancy in the Barca defence allowed Cristhian Stuani to break into the area and slot past the outrushing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. 1-1 at the break.

After 51 minutes a big shock looked to be a very real possibility. Portu looking to be brought down in the area but getting to his feet and firing an effort against Ter-Stegen. When the rebound fell to Stuani just inside the area he rocketed a first-time finish into the top right.

Messi struck the bar with a 30-yard free kick soon after and the equaliser then came in the 63rd minute. A bit of a scramble in the Girona area resulting in the ball looping up in the air. Gerard Pique rising highest to nod home onto the top left. Good finish.

2-2 final score.

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