LaLiga – Match-day 12: R Madrid v Girona
RMA’s title hopes to continue, as they welcome Girona to Santiago Bernabeu – Sunday – kick-off 4:15pm GMT.
Leaders RMA are currently 17 places higher than their opponents Girona, when the two sides meet, they will sit in first and eighteenth positions respectively.
R Madrid will seek to retain their position at the top of the table, this match is no exception
RMA will be buoyant, following a 3-1 home win against Seville in their last fixture.
Also, League leaders RMA keep finding ways to win, having secured 10 victories in their last 11 meetings is astonishing this season, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. With 31 points (10W – 0L and 1D), they currently sit top of the League having won 10 games and drawn one game.
RMA have won four fixtures and drawn one game of their five League matches at home this season.
R Madrid will want to keep the pressure on their rivals as they sit at the top of the table, a win will take them to 34 points and keep their momentum going forward.
A solid defensive team
RMA have a good defensive record, having only conceded nine goals in their previous matches. RMA have delivered goals in spades this season, largely down to the key attacking force of Federico Valverde (6), Karim Benzema (5), and Vinicius Junior (5).
Carlo Ancelotti could be missing up to two of their players through injury or illness for the game on Sunday.
Nervous Girona take relegation battle to Santiago Bernabeu to face R Madrid
Michel’s men were held to a disappointing draw against Osasuna in their last fixture, he will be keen to improve on that in this game.
Also, when you suffer four defeats in the last six games, it should come as no surprise that your team is very much struggling at the bottom of the League. But that is the situation that Girona find themselves in. With nine points (2W, 6L and 3D), they are established in eighteenth position in the League having won two games, drawn three fixtures, and lost six matches.
Girona have drawn one game and lost four meetings of their five League matches on the road this season.
Victory for Girona would take their points tally to 12 so far this season.
Girona may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.
R Madrid v Girona – Head-to-Heads.
Regarding their historical duels RMA and Girona have faced each other six times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in RMA’s favour (4 – 2). In addition, Girona have repeatedly tasted defeat at the hands of RMA in four out of the last five fixtures with them. The last time both teams met in this competition Girona secured a 1-2 away win.
Other players of note for RMA are Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior with five goals and five goals respectively and for Girona are Cristhian Stuani and Rodrigo Riquelme with three goals each.