Exceeding sides set to clash for the first time in La LigaJanuary 5, 2018
Two sides who have exceeded expectations this season, meet for the first time in La Liga at the Estadio de Mestalla as they attempt to maintain their bright starts into the New Year. The first half of the season couldn’t have gone any better for Valencia or Girona with both sides sat comfortably in the top half of the table as they look to push on.
Valencia have started to stutter and seem to be losing touch at the top with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with Marcelino’s men losing three of the four league matches in December. They barely escaped a defeat in the Copa del Rey in midweek thanks to super-sub Rodrigo saving their blushes in the dying minutes of the game against Las Palmas.
For Girona, a win against the Los Che could see them climb back up the table and attempt to push for a Europa League spot, and steer clear of the drop zone which they currently sit eight points away from.
Pablo Machin and his men however did suffer a 4-1 defeat to Eibar in the previous outing at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua whilst the Bats will be looking to bounce back from defeats to Eibar and Villarreal.
Top-scorer Simone Zaza will not be available for Saturday’s game after being sent off against Villareal leaving Rodrigo and Santi Mina as the front two pair. Former Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya is also suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.
The good news for Valencia fans is that on-loan Paris Saint Germain winger Goncalo Guedes is fit alongside club captain, Dani Parejo which is set to bolster their midfield.
Midfielder, Alex Granell returns from a ban and should start in midfield on Saturday whilst Johan Mojica is set to be preferred to Aday Benitez out wide.