Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Following an expected 3-1 loss to Real Betis in the Andalusian derby, Almeria will look to get back on course when they face Girona on Thursday evening. Rubi’s men are eager to escape the relegation zone, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Catalans. The good news for the hosts is that experienced forward Adrian Embarba is back from suspension, while all Carlos Rojas, Alex Centelles, Marko Milovanovic, and Juanjo Neto remain in the treatment room.
Girona, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travellers, and given their poor away record (0-1-3), we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team. There are no fresh injury worries in the away side ahead of the trip to Andalusia. In their last meeting at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos Girona defeated Almeria 1-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Fernando Pacheco):
Fernando Pacheco is a goalkeeper who plays for Deportivo Alaves in Primera Division. The 186-cm-tall shoot-stopper joined Real Madrid youth school at the age of 14 and it has to be noted that he made 41 appearances for Real Madrid B in Segunda Division.
However, he failed to make his debut for the first team. On 7 August. 2015 Pacheco signed a three-year contract with Deportivo Alaves and that proved to be the best decision of his career. He made his debut for the club on 22 August, 2015 in a 3-2 victory at Huesca.
The goalkeeper, who was born in Badajoz on 18 May, 1992, made 40 appearances for Alaves in the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign, conceding less than one goal per match. He missed one game with injury and he was rested in a 1-1 draw with Deportivo Tarragona on the last day of the season. Pacheco is a left-footed player and his contract with Deportivo Alaves expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286.
Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well.
The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.