Pacheta’s squad, now ranked 16th, enters the match fresh off a 1-0 victory over Almeria, while Girona, ranked 12th, is coming off a 1-1 stalemate with Mallorca.
Girona vs Real Valladolid Match Preview
After spending three seasons in the Segunda Division, Girona is competing at the top level of Spanish football once again in the 2018-19 season.
The White and Reds earned a promotion to the Primera Division after a tough playoff series against Eibar and Tenerife, and they will be looking to maintain their position there this year.
Even though Girona’s 2022-23 season began with a loss (1-0 against Valencia), they bounced back with a win (3-1) over Getafe a week later.
Michel’s squad dropped to 12th place with four points after losing their next encounter 1-0 at home to Celta Vigo but earning a point in a 1-1 draw with Mallorca.
After earning four points in two Segunda Division matches against Friday’s opponents last season, Gironistes will face Real Betis in their final matchup before the September international break. However, this will be the first La Liga meeting between the two teams since April 2019, when Real Valladolid won 1-0.
In order to return to the top level, Real Valladolid finished second in the 2021-22 Segunda Division and will enter this matchup on the heels of a 1-0 victory over Almeria on Monday.
In the 90th minute, substitute Shon Weissman scored the game’s lone goal, lifting the club four places to number 16 on the standings.
The season opened with a 3-0 loss at Villarreal for the White and Violets, but they bounced back with a 1-1 draw at Sevilla a week later. They then lost 4-0 to Barcelona.
Even with the morale boost after Monday’s win over Almeria, Pacheta’s squad still has two huge games against Girona and Cadiz to play before the international break in September.
Three consecutive seasons in La Liga were a success for Real Valladolid before relegation to the second division for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Girona vs Real Valladolid Team News
Several starters for Girona, including Cristhian Stuani, Ramon Terrats, Yangel Herrera, Borja Garcia, and Ibrahima Kebe, are presently out with injuries.
Mikel, the head coach, would have been happy with his team’s performance against Mallorca in their last outing, so expect to see a similar lineup in this one.
Toni Villa may replace Reinier in the starting lineup, while Samuel Saiz will likely remain on the bench after scoring in his previous appearance off the bench.
Meanwhile, Real Valladolid might field a complete squad, since the club has not announced any new injuries or suspensions after their encounter against Almeria.
Pacheta will have to make some tough calls while deciding on his starting lineup, but it may be business as usual after last time’s 1-0 triumph.
Despite competition from Monchu and a healthy Weissman, Sergi Guardiola may continue to start in the center of the field, while Alvaro Aguado is expected to preserve his starting berth in the middle of the field.
- Possible First-Day Lineup for Girona: Carlos, Bueno, D Lopez, Juanpe, Martinez, Romeu, A Garcia, Gutierrez, Villa, Castellanos, Riquelme.
- Possible Opening Day Starters for Real Valladolid: Asenjo, L Perez, Fernandez, J Sanchez, Escudero, Aguado, Mesa, K Perez, I Sanchez, Guardiola, Plano.
Our Prediction on Girona 1-2 Real Valladolid
With a number of key players out for Girona and a potentially healthy Real Valladolid side on the road, our gut tells us that the visitors have a good chance to pull off the upset. Though a home victory or a tie wouldn’t surprise us, we’re picking Real Valladolid to win.
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