REAL MADRID VS GIRONA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
The cracker between Real Madrid and Girona is scheduled for Sunday evening in the Santiago Bernabeu. The capitals are of course towering favorite, but the earlier mutual meeting was a prey for the Catalans. So the home club has been warned!
For Real Madrid, the remaining ten rounds of play in La Liga are in fact nothing more than glorified practice duels. With a backlog of no less than fifteen points on the leader FC Barcelona, the capitals can forget about title prolongation – even townsman Atletico Madrid has disappeared from view with seven points. Yet it could just be that trainer Zinedine Zidane this season still on the shoulders is taken, because in the eighth finals of the Champions League real Madrid a week and a half ago already relatively easy with the previously feared Paris Saint-Germain. In the quarter finals of the European champions ball, the Spaniards meet Juventus again with an illustrious opponent, although the first match in Turin is not on the program until 3 April.
Zidane therefore has the time to get his team ready. The coach is on roses, because he currently has his complete selection at his disposal. In addition, Zizou will be pleased with the shape of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar had a lot of trouble with scoring in the first half of the season, but lately he is the nightmare of every Spanish goalkeeper. In the first half of the season, Ronaldo needed an average of 23.5 goal attempts to cheer, but in the second half of the season this average dropped to only 3.64 goal attempts (!) Per hit. Speaking of efficiency. In his last ten official matches, CR7 was good for – hold on to – seventeen goals. If you can still bring that up at the age of 33, then you are an absolute greatness.
Speaking of greats, how about Pablo Machin? What he performs as coach of Girona this season is really phenomenal. The Catalans make their debut at the highest level this season and were therefore seen logically as a major relegation candidate in August, but with a seventh place the redwarts playfully participate in the battle for European football. Girona did fantastic in the first half of the season with a 2-1 home win at Real Madrid, but what the PhD student is performing in the second half of the season is completely unprecedented. On the basis of the nine rounds in the second half of the season, the team would be in fourth place with seventeen points, a position that entitles to participation in the Champions League.
The great results of Girona are mainly due to the royal couple Christian Stuani and Cristian Portu, the two absolute star players of the team. The attack duo is jointly good for no less than 26 goals and was also very accurate last weekend via Stuani, who took the opening goal at home against Leganes (2-0 win) from free kick. That was by no means a coincidence, as no less than 42.5 percent of all this season’s Girona goals came from standard situations. These are things that you can train on and are therefore largely the responsibility of Machin, who prepares for his very first visit to the Santiago Bernabeu. ‘I will mainly enjoy it,’ according to the success trainer.
PREDICTION: Over 3.5 goals @ 1.60