The Nou Camp will be the site of the Catalan derby. And this time we are not talking about the usual rivalry between Barcelona and Espanyol. The Blaugranas will be visited by a team that has been more successful than the Periqueitos this season. We are talking about Girona, which made a really good run. However, the hosts do not intend to stop their winning streak.
Barcelona is at the top of the Primeração table, the team continues to impress on the domestic front under Javi Hernández. The Catalan grandee beat Elche 4-0 at the weekend, and approaches the game confident in their abilities. Robert Lewandowski is currently the top scorer in La Liga with 17 goals in 27 games.
The visitors are having a solid season, and are looking to make it to the top of the standings, despite recent problems in the game. “Girona outplayed Espanyol in their last match, and earlier drew 2-2 with Valladolid, falling behind twice, but tying the scoreboard thanks to a double from Ukrainian midfielder Viktor Tsygankov. The team takes 11th place in the standings with 34 points.
Barcelona will play after facing Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup, and this fact will, to some extent, constrain the capabilities of the hosts. Nevertheless, Xavi’s team is good enough to play another match from a position of strength. And count on three points.
The hosts have not lost in four meetings. At the same time, seven of Girona’s nine wins in the Spanish championship this season were won at home. Also, before the victory over Espanyol, the visitors had three winless matches, and the team won only three of the last nine games in the league. That is, this season the team is strong at home. But do not underestimate the potential of the guests on the road. In addition, practice shows that Girona can play hard against Barcelona.