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Eusebio: We have to end this run and give our fans joy

Eusebio: We have to end this run and give our fans joy

Girona boss Eusebio said his side are prepared to end their run of five months without a home win and beat Athletic Bilbao on Friday evening.

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.

“We want to give our fans joy,” he told reporters. “We always work with the mentality that we are going to win the game and we want to give continuity to the good form we are in at the moment.

“We are facing a side in great shape and a win for us will give us great confidence.

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“It will be a difficult game for both sides.”

Girona 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.