Match Time：11/18/2017 04:00 Saturday (GMT+8)
Girona: Revelation of Spain ( Recent Form: D W L W W )
With more than a quarter competition behind the list, we can call Girona the stunt team of this season. The Catalans make their debut at the highest level this season, but you would not say that on the basis of the rankings. With only four points behind at number six Sevilla and nine points ahead of number eighteen Alaves, the team of coach Pablo Machin is closer to European football than at relegation. After Girona already beat Real Madrid 2-1, it also managed to win Levante a week later: 1-2. Attacking midfielder Borja Garcia claimed the leading role with a great long shot in the square. "We are doing well," says Machin. "The team shows maturity." Girona is therefore hot. In the upcoming competition there is a special promotion for the fans (two tickets for the price of one), so the Montilivi will be filled to the brim again. Girona will undoubtedly sell her skin again, although the play of the redwarts also has a downside. The Girona players were in total already 42 times on the receipt hurled. These are by far the most yellow cards in the entire Primera Division. From the intended base eleven for Friday-evening, Aday Benitez, Juanpe, Pere Pons and Bernardo Espinosa will focus on no less than four players, as well as Douglas Luiz. The fact that the latter already has four yellow cards behind his name is strange, because he only came into action for 196 minutes this season. The Brazilian was picked up by Manchester City for twelve million euros this summer from his homeland and was then stabled directly at Girona. The talent had to become one of the tasters of the team, but so far has not yet shown much in Catalonia. So those four yellow cards were mainly caused by frustration.
Real Sociedad: Goals, goals, goals ( Recent Form: D W L W W )
Real Sociedad is once again doing a great season. Last season, the Basques already won European football and in this year they also compete well in the Spanish subtop. Just before the interland break, fellow countryman Eibar was sidelined 3-1. Attacker Willian Jose: "We have a better selection than last year, so we can write history this season." The strength of Real Sociedad is clearly in the forefront, because with 24 league goals only Valencia and FC Barcelona will score more this season. Winged Mikel Oyarzabal in particular has it on his hips this season. In eight games he already scored six times, and that while he last season in 38 gigs only twice the net managed to make. According to Who Scored he is the second player on the European fields that has improved the most compared to last season, just behind the Frenchman Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyon). Problem is however that the defense of Real Sociedad with 21 counter-hits is as leaky as a basket. From the complete top sixteen, the blue-whites received the most counter-hits over the ears. If trainer Eusebio manages to do something about it, it can indeed be a very nice year for the club from San Sebastian.
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
After all, like the bookmakers, I do not dare to point out a favorite. Girona does an excellent job and is a formidable opponent in particular, but Real Sociedad has a lot of football ingenuity. I was thinking of a both to score or a goal by Oyarzabal, but in both cases I find the odds somewhat on the low side.
Nowgoal Pick: Over 2.5 @ 1.81.
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