Girona look set to claim another three points at the Montilivi against Alavés on Monday. The Whites and Reds have not lost any of their past five matches in La Liga and have been growing in confidence in recent weeks. Even their loss against Valencia mid-week that saw them fall out of the Copa del Rey should not hamper their success in La Liga.
On the other hand, Alavés are last in the table and sacked their manager Gianni De Biasi just four days ago. The Italian only lasted two months. Even though it’s only a few months into the season, the club has already fired two managers. Abelardo Fernández has now joined the club as the third manager on a six-month deal. The Basque visitors have been having a very poor season and have lost 11 of the 13 matches so far. It will take some time for their fortunes to change.
— Deportivo Alavés (@Alaves) December 1, 2017
Fernández had his first press conference as manager today. “Against Girona we will try to do the same as yesterday’s match. I liked the team. It will be a difficult opponent, with good players and physical strength. We will go to make a good match and get the three points.” Fernández is surprisingly confident for a team with a mountain to climb.
Girona is particularly keen to win this match as it will see them get to 20 points in the table. The newly promoted club is trying to cement their place in the top flight next season. The defender Marc Muniesa commented, “we have to be conscious that in this first year, our priority is to guarantee permanence as quickly as possible.”
The Catalan club have quite a growing list of injuries. The Whites and Reds are missing Alcalá, Amagat, Pere Pons, Kayode, Maffeo and Planas. Adding to their woes is the fact that Álex Granell is out as well due to a yellow card suspension.
Alavés also have some suspended players: Christian Santos, Manu García and Rodrigo Ely. The Babazorros are also without Hernández, Alexis, Vigaray and Sobrino due to injuries.
Of each team’s list of injured, three on each side are defensive players. So, errors at the back are expected. It would be surprising if either side manage to keep a clean sheet.
The match is on Monday at 9pm local time (8pm BST). Will Fernández get a lucky start to his Alavés tenure, or will Girona continue their good run of form in La Liga?