Preview - Girona vs Barcelona 27 January 19

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Jan 27, 2019, 10:31 PM Last Edit: Jan 27, 2019, 10:51 PM by Harry85
Match Day 21
Girona vs. Barcelona
Sunday, January 27th 2019
23:15pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Montilivi

Last five matches form: L D D D L
Average goals per match: 1.15
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Cristhian Stuani (12)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals against per match: 2.80
Average goals against per match: 1.05
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (18)

Barcelona continue their march towards another La Liga title having now notched up seven wins on the spin. Only two points clear of Atletico Madrid going into this game in hand, they can't afford two many slip ups and won't be expecting any against thirteenth placed Girona.

Barcelona couldn't get past Girona in the first game between the sides this season when being held to a 2-2 at Camp Nou. They did run out comfortable 3-0 winners in this game last season though.

Johan Mojica, Patrick Roberts, Aday Benítez and Carles Planas miss out for the home side. Barcelona will be without Ousmane Dembélé, Samuel Umtiti and Rafinha.

Girona aren't on the best of runs at present and head into this game without a win in their past seven in La Liga. Just two wins from their opening ten home games is a poor return, and whilst they will be becoming frustrated with a run of four draws in their past four here, they would no doubt take a point against the current table toppers.

Barcelona have lost just the once on the road this season when surprisingly going down to Leganés, they have scored two or more goals in four of their past five on the road.

Barcelona arrive here in just about their best form of the season and seem likely to have to much for their hosts in this one.

Prediction: Girona 1 - 3 Barcelona


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  10 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 7
Corner Kicks: 3 - 8
Possession: 47% - 53%

Bono, Juanpe and Cristhian Stuani were booked for the home side who also had Bernardo Espinosa dismissed in the 51st minute for a second bookable offence. Clement Lenglet, Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets of Barcelona also had their names taken by referee Pablo Gonzales Fuertes.

A close game from a statistical point of view, particularly considering Girona were down to ten men for most of the second half. In the end though - as it so often does - it was Barcelona's greater quality in the final third which proved to be the decisive factor.

Barcelona's opener arrived in the ninth minute. Girona failing to deal with first a ball in from the left and then another from the right, with the ball eventually breaking to Nelson Semedo around twelve yards out to the right-hand side. Good finish from Semedo into the bottom right corner.

Girona certainly didn't lie down having gone behind, forcing Marc-Andre Ter Stegen into a couple of smart stops and having one effort cleared off the line. Philippe Coutinho and Suarez having decent opportunities for Barcelona. 0-1 at half time.

Even down to ten men Girona continued to look dangerous but were undone when caught on the counter in the 68th minute. Jordi Alba found on the left and playing the ball across to Lionel Messi in plenty of space on the edge of the area. Trademark dinked finish into the top right from Messi. 0-2 final score.

Barcelona stay top of the table and five points clear of nearest pursuers Atlético Madrid. Girona drop down a spot to fourteenth, and only three points clear of the relegation zone they just need to be a little bit careful.

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