Girona aims for their 18th win in a remarkable La Liga season as they host Real Sociedad at Estadi Montilivi this Saturday afternoon.
Currently leading the league, Girona is one point ahead of Real Madrid, while Real Sociedad is in sixth place, two points above Real Betis.
Girona has an impressive season record with 17 wins, four draws, and only one loss from 22 games, placing them at the top, slightly ahead of Real Madrid.
It’s been an outstanding season for the Catalan team, positioned 13 points above Athletic Bilbao for a top-four finish, which would be incredible, even if they don’t win the title in the end.
Exiting the Copa del Rey in the quarter-finals might benefit Girona in focusing solely on the league, unlike Real Madrid, who also have Champions League commitments.
Despite a surprising draw against Almeria, Girona bounced back with victories over Sevilla and Celta Vigo.
Their upcoming matches against Real Madrid and Athletic highlight the importance of a good result this Saturday, but Real Sociedad also desperately needs points.
After a draw with Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad sits in sixth place, making a Champions League spot challenging as they trail Barcelona by 11 points and are six points behind Athletic.
With nine wins and several draws, Real Sociedad’s chances of moving up the table are hindered, and they are just above Real Betis.
They’re still competing in three tournaments, facing Mallorca in the Copa del Rey semi-finals and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16.
Historically, Real Sociedad hasn’t lost to Girona in La Liga, but most recent matches ended in draws, including a 1-1 in their last encounter.
Girona will be without Eric Garcia, Juanpe, David Lopez, Joel Roca, and Toni Villa due to injuries.
Michel might bring Ivan Martin into the starting lineup instead of Portu from the last game.
Artem Dovbyk, with 14 goals and six assists, will be crucial for Girona’s title aspirations.
Real Sociedad has several players missing, including Arsen Zakharyan, Martin Merquelanz, Kieran Tierney, Aihen Munoz, Carlos Fernandez, and Ander Barrenetxea due to injuries, while Takefusa Kubo and Hamari Traore are away on international duty.
New loanee Javi Galan should play as left wing-back, with Mikel Merino returning from suspension and expected recalls for Brais Mendez, Mikel Oyarzabal, and Sheraldo Becker.
Girona possible starting lineup:
Couto, A Martinez, Blind, Gutierrez;
Herrera, A Garcia;
Tsyhankov, Martin, Savio;
Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Aramburu, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Pacheco, Galan;
Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino;
Prediction: Girona 2-1 Real Sociedad
Given Real Sociedad’s significant absences, it might have been a closer match at full strength. However, we predict Girona will secure another victory in their impressive La Liga campaign.