Preview - Real Madrid vs Girona 17 February 19

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Match Day 24
Real Madrid vs. Girona
Sunday, February 17th 2019
19:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.74
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (10)

Last five matches form: D L L L L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Cristhian Stuani (12)

Real Madrid have certainly turned the corner now, barging their way all the way up to second spot in the standings with a win away at Atlético Madrid last week. They do still need a lot of help if they are to reel in Barcelona, but all they can do is win their games. Next up its this home clash with fourth bottom Girona.

Real have already beaten Girona twice in the cup this year, won 4-1 in Girona earlier this season in the league and came out on top 6-3 in this game last season.

The suspended Luka Modric misses out for Real Madrid, as does the injured Marcos Llorente. Girona will be without Borja García, Bernardo Espinosa, Marc Muniesa, Aday Benitez, Seydou Doumbia and Johan Mojica.

Real arrive at this game in excellent form having won seven of their past eight in all competitions, with the only blip - if you can call it that - being a draw away at Barcelona in the cup. They have scored two or more goals in nine of their past eleven in all competitions.

The form of Girona could scarcely contrast more starkly. They are now without a win in 13 in all competitions, including ten in La Liga. A run which has now taken them to the brink of the relegation zone. They haven't been terrible away from home in losing only four of eleven, but those four defeats have come in their past five away games as their form has plummeted.

Any midfield in the world would miss Luka Modric, but Real should still have enough to get the job done here.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2 - 0 Girona


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  19 - 14
Shots on target: 7 - 6
Corner Kicks: 7 - 0
Possession: 57% - 43%

Casemiro was booked for Real Madrid in this one, whilst Sergio Ramos received his marching orders in stoppage time at the end of the game for a second bookable offence. Anthony Lozano and Pedro Alcala of Girona also had their names taken by referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez.

And just when it looks as though Real Madrid have finally turned a corner…..having beaten Atlético Madrid away from home only last week, they then slump to defeat against lowly Girona in front of their own fans. They can't have too many complaints either, as they never really dominated the game in the way many would have expected and missed Luka Modric terribly in the centre of the park.

The game started at a pretty frenetic pace as both sides looked to attack when they could, and there wasn't too much hanging around in midfield.

We had chances at either end, but it was Real who struck first in the 25th minute. A corner from the right was initially punched clear, but only as far as Toni Kroos who played a cross straight back in. Casemiro getting on the end of it to send an excellent header into the bottom left. 1-0 at the break.

Real were pushing for a second after the interval. Karim Benzema really ought to have done better when found with a cross only a few yards out on the right. The Frenchman could only head into the side netting though. A miss which would prove costly.

Girona equalised in the 65th minute. Madrid had only just survived one goalmouth scramble, but didn't get away with a second. A goal bound effort striking Sergio Ramos on the arm and the referee pointing to the spot. Cristhian Stuani coolly finishing straight down the middle.

Ten minutes later things got even better for the visitors. Real gave the ball up in the middle of the park and Girona hit quickly. Anthony Lozano played in on the left and firing an effort towards the bottom right. Thibaut Courtois got to it but could only palm the ball into the path of Cristian Porto who nodded into the bottom left. 1-2 final score.

Real drop back down to third and nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona. Most significantly though they stay nine clear of fifth placed Getafe. Girona move up to fifteenth.

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