Real Sociedad vs Girona – Estadio Anoeta – Monday 22nd October – Kick-off 8PM UK time
The international break has come to an end, and it’s back to work for LaLiga sides this weekend. Two talented teams meet in the Basque Country to close out Matchweek Nine on Monday evening, as Real Sociedad host Girona at the Estadio Anoeta.
La Real will be looking to build momentum off their last encounter, a thrilling 3-1 triumph at local rival Athletic Club. Manager Asier Garitano will again be expecting strong contributions from Mikel Oyarzabal, who netted a brace in Bilbao.
For Girona, impressive attacking displays throughout this young 2018-19 season have started to fade, and a poor run of results has the Catalan side sliding down the table. Currently sitting 15th and only two points above the relegation zone, Girona are win-less in their last four league matches.
Cristhian Stuani has again been a force in the final third, with eight league goals through the first eight matches. Manager Eusebio Sacristán will look to keep the pressure on Real Sociedad’s back-line, and this fixture does have the makings of a high-scoring affair.
Real Sociedad enter the weekend in ninth, and are within striking distance of the top six.
Girona’s squad are relatively healthy ahead of this match, and should be set with their first-choice line-up. For Real Sociedad though, fitness concerns are still present ahead of Monday’s game.
Adnan Januzaj and Martín Merquelanz have both missed a significant amount of action already, while midfielder Mikel Merino is still working his way back into the team due to a groin injury. Right-back Joseba Zaldúa will miss the match against Girona with a sprained ankle.
Real Sociedad forward Juanmi is also returning from a suspension.
Real Sociedad (4-2-3-1): Moyà; Gorosabel, Artiz, Navas, Rodrigues; Illarramendi, Zubeldia; Sangalli, Pardo, Oyarzabal; Willian José
Girona (3-5-2): Bono; Juanpe, Espinosa, Muniesa; Porro, Luiz, Borja García, Granell, Benítez; Stuani, Portu
Real Sociedad 3 – 3 Girona