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Girona vs Villarreal Prediction & Match Preview

 

Girona vs Villarreal Prediction & Match Preview

Girona vs Villarreal
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Montilivi (Girona).

A spot in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals will be at stake when Girona and Villarreal face each other at Estadio Municipal de Montilivi on Tuesday evening. 

Girona head into the match following a win over Espanyol in the Catalan derby, with the team eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. 

The Catalans are tough to beat at home, but they face an uphill task in the Spanish Cup clash.

The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, are enjoying a very successful season, with the team sitting in the fifth place in the La Liga standings, while making it to the Europa League knockout stages. 

Villarreal recorded three wins in the previous four away games in all competitions, and even though boss Unai Emery is likely to stick to his rotation policy, we are tempted to put our money on the La Liga side.

Girona vs Villarreal Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Girona Villarreal played so far 8 matches.
Girona won 4 direct matches. Villarreal won 4 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.50 goals per Match.

Girona vs Villarreal Prediction

Girona in actual season average scored 0.92 goals per match. In 5 (38.46%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 2 (15.38%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Villarreal average scored 1.91 goals per match in season 2021. In 13 (72.22%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (44.44%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Girona's side is likely to have a similar look to the one that started the 2-0 win over Cadiz in the last round of the Copa del Rey, when Valery scored a brace for the Segunda Division club.

Pablo Moreno scored the winner against Espanyol on Saturday but is expected to drop to the bench, while Cristhian Stuani could also be named among the substitutes to allow Nahuel Bustos to feature.

As for Villarreal, Samuel Chukwueze, Gerard Moreno, Mario Gaspar, Vicente Iborra and Alberto Moreno will all miss out for the top-flight outfit through injury.

Emery is expected to make wholesale changes from the side that started against Huesca, with Alex Baena and Dani Raba among those likely to come into the XI.

Carlos Bacca could again feature in the final third of the field, though, while Ramiro Funes Mori is also likely to retain his starting role from Saturday's clash with Huesca.

Girona possible starting lineup:
Muric; Couto, Ramalho, Espinosa, Martinez; Cristoforo, Kebe; Valery, Saiz, Barcenas; Bustos

Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Rulli; Costa, Foyth, Funes Mori, Estupinan; Pino, Trigueros, Coquelin, Baena; Raba, Bacca


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