Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Valencia, Eibar will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Girona at their Estadio Municipal de Ipurua. Los Armeros made a slow start to the season, but they have been improving their game week by week and they are now sitting in the top half of the La Liga standings. It is well known that the Basques are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict they will stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match against Girona. The Catalan outfit, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Espanyol and Getafe, but beating los Armeros on the road is easier said than done. Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men are on a three-game winning run at home and we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Sergi Enrich):
Sergi Enrich is a product of Mallorca’s youth academy. The 181-cm-tall striker was born in Ciutadella, Spain on 26 February, 1990 and he began his senior career at Mallorca. Enrich played 83 league games for Mallorca B, while making 6 appearances for the first team between 2010 and 2013. During his spell at Mallorca he played for the likes of Recreativo and Alcorcon on loan and in 2013 he signed a two-year deal with Numancia. Sergi Enrich scored 26 goals in 76 league appearances for Numancia, but on 12 July, 2015 he joined Eibar to play in the Spanish top flight. The Spanish attacker made 35 appearances for los Ameros in the 2015/2016 season, scoring seven goals in the process. Sergi Enrich’s market value was €4 million in July, 2016 and it has to be noted that his contract with Eibar expires on 30 June, 2018. His maternal family name is Ametller.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, Girona 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.