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Girona vs Athletic Bilbao: La Liga returns with mouth-watering clash

Girona vs Athletic Bilbao: La Liga returns with mouth-watering clash

Girona and Athletic Bilbao will re-open the La Liga action following the international break on Friday evening at Montilivi.

If you have struggled with the absence of Spanish football then the first match of the weekend is set to give you a thumping return as two of the league’s inconsistent and unpredicatable teams go head-to-head.

Home side Girona sit 12th in the standings and whilst they have not been as good as they were last season, they have managed to keep themselves well away from the relegation pack and remain in contention for a potential Europa League place.

Eusebio Sacristain’s side have won three of their last six games, losing twice and drawing once – and their impressive 2-0 win over Leganes last time out sees them head into this one in good spirits.

They face an Athletic side who – after a drastic start to the season, have slowly improved. The Basque outfit sit ninth in the league and they know that a win could see them move as high as seventh place.

Like Girona, Athletic have won three in their last six games, but have lost just once, drawing on two occasions and that gives them the slight edge in terms of who is favourite for the points on Friday.

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Team News

The international break has seen Eusebio’s injury list get smaller with Aday Benitez edging closer to a return to full fitness, whilst their is healthy competition in the midfield area as Aleix Garcia and Valery Fernandez are battling it out for a start.

Finally, Pedro Porro is likely to play at right back whilst Bernando is set to miss out the game.

For the visitors, Inigo Martinez is back following suspension and he is expected to replace Yeray Alvarez, whilst Ander Capa has been passed fit after several weeks out of action.

Expected XI’s

Girona: Bounou, Porro, Juanpe, Alcala, Garcia, Aleix Garcia, Pons, Granell, Stuani, Portu, Borja Garcia

Athletic Bilbao: Herrerin, Capa, Martinez, Nunez, Yuri, Garcia, Jose, De Marcos, Muniain, Williams, Raul Garcia

Prediction

The hosts have failed to win in their last eight competitive games at home, whilst Athletic have lost just one of their last six competitive games.

1-2. Girona to score first but Athletic to bounce back and win.