Girona FC will be taking on visiting club Real Betis at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi in the La Liga meeting on Sunday.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Girona FC v Real Betis match are shown here - along with the latest match odds.
Girona FC enter this fixture after a 1-1 La Liga stalemate against Celta Vigo.
In that game, Girona FC managed 60% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Girona FC was Cristhian Stuani (59'). At the other end, Celta Vigo had 16 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Carles Pérez (42') scored for Celta Vigo.
Girona FC have not been the best at stopping their opponents recently, although they’ve also done enough to convert their own chances into goals. Over their last 6 matches, Girona FC have seen their goal breached in 5 of them while also scoring in 6 of those matches. Regardless, time will tell if that trend will persist in this upcoming match.
Ahead of this clash, Girona FC haven't beaten Real Betis in their previous 9 matches in the league.
Following on from a loss in their previous game against Getafe in La Liga competition, Real Betis will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Real Betis managed 71% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Getafe had 9 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Omar Alderete (68') scored for Getafe.
The trend of at least one team not scoring a goal in games involving Real Betis has been apparent of late. Looking at their last six meetings reveals that this has happened 5 times. During these clashes, their opponents have hit a goal aggregate of 6 and Real Betis have scored 4.
Coming into this contest, Real Betis haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head meetings going back to 21/02/2015 shows that these encounters have been pretty painful for Girona FC. They have not managed to get themselves any victories at all while Real Betis have been dominant against them, beating them in 83 per cent of those match-ups.
A combined total of 17 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 6 for Blanquivermells and 11 being from Béticos. That is an average goals per game value of 2.83.
The previous league contest between the two was La Liga match day 6 on 18/09/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Real Betis 2-1 Girona FC.
On that occasion, Real Betis had 44% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 3 on target. The scorer was Borja Iglesias (15', 71').
For their opponents, Girona FC got 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Arnau Martínez (7') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias.
Team News: Girona FC
Taty Castellanos (Ankle Injury) and Ibrahima Kébé (Knee Problems) are unavailable for Girona FC boss Míchel Sánchez Muñoz.
It’s our opinion that Blanquivermells may well make use of the 4-3-3 system for the game featuring Paulo Gazzaniga, Arnau Martinez, Juanpe, David Lopez, Miguel Gutierrez, Yan Couto, Oriol Romeu, Yangel Herrera, Viktor Tsigankov, Valentin Castellanos and Rodrigo Riquelme.
Team News: Real Betis
Out of a mainly full-strength group of players, there is only a single fitness worry for the Real Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini to be concerned with. Nabil Fekir (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be in action.
We believe Béticos could decide to make use of a 4-2-3-1 formation with a starting lineup of Claudio Bravo, Youssouf Sabaly, Edgar Gonzalez, Luiz Felipe, Juan Miranda, Guido Rodriguez, Andres Guardado, Rodri, Sergio Canales, Ayoze Perez and Borja Iglesias.
It seems to us that Real Betis and Girona FC could both end up scoring in what appears to be a good match-up, with little separating these two teams.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes, with a good chance of a draw. We’re therefore predicting a 1-1 score draw when the referee blows the full-time whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadi Municipal de Montilivi (11,810)
Captain: Cristhian Stuani
Chairman: Delfí Geli
Manager: Míchel Sánchez Muñoz
Competitions: La Liga position 8
🔑 Star Man: Valentín Castellanos
Normally taking to the field in the Striker position, Valentín Castellanos was born in Mendoza, Argentina. After having played his first senior match for New York City FC in the 2018 season, the goalscoring Forward has got 13 league goals in this LaLiga 2022 - 2023 campaign so far in a total of 33 appearances.