A huge clash awaits at the Estadi Montilivi as Girona host Levante on Sunday in La Liga.
Both sides are in a relegation battle, but Girona are closer to the fire. They are in 18th place, and finishing there at the end of the season would relegate them. Valladolid in 17th are just one point above them. A point off safety feels like less, but Girona know that they can’t take anything for granted. The battle to avoid the drop is a tight one this time. Even Celta Vigo who are in 14th place are just three points clear of safety.
Girona’s recent form is far from encouraging. They have lost seven out of the last eight games. The lone victory was a 1-0 win against Sevilla two weeks ago. Out of those eight, they have failed to score in four matches. In the remaining four, they have managed just one goal in each. Their attack has been faltering lately, and the likes of Portu need to step up in the closing stages of the season.Embed from Getty Images
Girona faced Getafe last week and lost 2-0. Borja Garcia was sent off in the game, and he will miss the game this Sunday. Despite recent losses, Girona are still very much in the hunt for survival. A win on Sunday could put them level on points with Celta if other results go their way. Their defense has been decent, but they have lacked the killer edge in front of goal. Only Valladolid have scored fewer La Liga goals this season.
Levante are also fighting to be safe, but they are in a better spot. They are in 16th place, three points clear of the relegation zone. Two games are left to play this season, and a win would all but seal their survival. Atletico Madrid are Levante’s opponents on the final day, and that is a tough fixture. Coach Paco Lopez will know that Sunday’s game is the best opportunity to seal their La Liga status for another year.
Levante have picked 7 points from the last five games, including a win last week. They defeated Rayo Vallecano 4-1 last Saturday. Their confidence will have been boosted by those three points, which has given them a cushion over the relegation zone. Levante will aim at keeping their defense tight, which has been a problem all season. Only Rayo have conceded more goals than Levante’s 63 this season.Embed from Getty Images
On the other hand, their attack has looked good. Levante have scored more league goals than Atletico and Getafe, both of whom are in the top four. Roger Marti has been their top scorer this season with 11 goals. Other players like Jose Luis Morales have also chipped in.
Girona vs Levante Prediction
This game will be a tight one, as both sides need the three points. Expect the total goals to be less than 2.5 in this game. Levante are the slight favorites, but their record on the road is not excellent either. A draw seems a likely result at the Estadi Montilivi.