On paper, these are two sides that have taken their foot off the pedal and are in the midst of an end of season slump. That may be a bit harsh given both sides have had brilliant campaigns but they are playing perhaps as poorly now as they have done all season.
That’s certainly the case for Girona. The Catalans have only won 1 of their last 8 matches, losing 5 of them. That has seen them fall out of realistic European contention with a 4-1 defeat at home to Eibar last weekend, their worst result yet in the top flight. They’ll be keen to try and at least secure a top half finish now but even if they don’t, Girona fans will have had a season to remember given they were expected to be battling against the drop.
Valencia meanwhile come into this one without a win in five matches. They had a mixed time of it last weekend. Their game saw them lose 1-0 at Villarreal but with Betis slipping up, it was also the day that they secured Champions League football, a fine achievement for Los Che, who haven’t even made the Europa League in the last two years.
The pressure is off now and that might just help them relax and put in a more fluid display here. Defensively they’ve done reasonably well in recent weeks with only 2 goals conceded in their last 3 matches, two of which were tough away games in Vigo and Villarreal. However the goals have dried up a touch but they have enough quality to cause problems for a struggling Girona defence.
Their 3-4-3 approach with attacking wing-backs has perhaps been found out a little bit in the second half of the campaign. Their last 8 games have seen them concede 21 goals and it’s over two months since they’ve kept a clean sheet. They are also trying to avoid a 4th straight home defeat here with Betis, Espanyol and Eibar having all won in Girona in recent weeks.
Those were all games they’d have expected to get results from so it’s pretty clear they have lost their way a bit. Valencia have more quality in their ranks and should have enough creativity to win this one so backing an Away Win looks the smart move here.
In addition, going for Rodrigo to Score Anytime looks good. The Valencia forward has had a cracking season with 16 goals in La Liga and he’s involved in a real fight to make the Spain World Cup squad so he might just be the hungriest man on the pitch here.