04/05/23 Thursday La Liga: Girona vs Mallorca Match Preview, Team News, Possible Lineup and Scoreline Prediction

Match Preview

Following Monday night’s 2-0 victory over Sevilla, Girona has lost just one of their last seven La Liga (LL) games (W4, D2). As a result, they still have a chance to play in Europe next season. Few anticipated this after promotion last season that they would be within striking distance of seventh place going into matchday 33, which would guarantee them a spot in Europe should Real Madrid win the Copa del Rey.

Their home form, which included a 4-2 triumph against defending champions Real Madrid in their final home game, has been crucial to their late season success, with just one loss in six league games played at home (W5). There have been three red cards issued in Girona’s last three home league games, all of which they won by at least two goals, so the games here haven’t been lacking in action either.

On Monday night, Mallorca came within a few seconds of defeating Athletic Bilbao, a result that would have benefited Girona as well. As a result, they will view the eventual 1-1 draw as two points lost when they gave up with the game’s final kick. Mallorca are confidently on track to surpass their 16th place result from the previous season after starting the round slightly outside the top half.

But if anything is going to put that in jeopardy, it might be their road performance. Mallorca have lost seven of their last nine LL away games (W1, D1), and the fact that they have only kept one clean sheet in that span goes some way toward explaining their predicament. The fifth minute goal they scored in each of their past two road games helped them win 1-0 here last season, so another strong start could result in a recurrence.

Taty Castellanos, who just set a record by scoring four goals versus Madrid, scored once more on Monday, giving him six goals in his past three games. Lee Kang-In, who has scored three goals in Mallorca’s last three games, including twice between the 55th and 60th minutes, is the team’s star performer.

Team News

After scoring six goals in his last three games, Girona’s Castellanos will be the center of attention and is expected to start alone up front once more.

After missing the trip to Sevilla, Arnau Martinez will make his comeback from suspension.

Despite being close to making his injury comeback, Cristhian Stuani is not likely to replace Castellanos in the starting lineup.

After a three month layoff, Yangel Herrera is also close to returning, but midfielders Borja Garcia, Aleix Garcia, and Toni Villa are sidelined.

Antonio Raillo received a late red card and will now serve a one match suspension.

Pablo Maffeo, a fellow defender, will also face a suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the year against Bilbao.

Aguirre is having more defensive problems as Matija Nastasic is absent again after a brief goal scoring return against Atletico Madrid.

Possible starting lineup for Girona 

Gazzaniga, Couto, Bueno, Juanpe, Hernandez, Gutierrez, Tsygankov, Martin, Oriol- Romeu, Riquelme and Castellanos.

Possible starting lineup for Girona

Rajkovic, Augustinsson, Gaya, Valjent, Copete, Jaume Costa, Morlanes, Ruiz de Galarreta, Lee Kang-in, Muriqi and Ndiaye.

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We predict: Girona 1-0 Mallorca

Due to Girona’s dominance at home and Mallorca’s struggles on the road, the hosts appear to have the best chance of maintaining each team’s current European push.

Since there have been two goals or fewer in each of the previous 11 games, it has never been a fixture with many goals.

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