Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
An electrifying atmosphere is expected at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid and Girona go head to head in the Primera Division round 24. Los Blancos were on the verge of beating Atletico Madrid in “El Madrileno” at the weekend, but Marcos Llorente eventually saved one point for Diego Simeone’s troops by finding the net in the stoppage time. Midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni is back from suspension, while all David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois remain in the recovery room. Vinicius Junior is definitely out of contention with a muscle injury, while Antonio Rudiger is a major doubt.
The Catalans, on the other hand, are enjoying a season to remember, but seeing that Real Madrid do not suit them, home win should be considered. Earlier in the process Carlo Ancelotti’s men rolled over the Catalans 3-0 at Estadio Municipal de Montilivi. To make things even worse for the visiting side, both Yangel Herrera and Daley Blind are banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in world football. The Croatian ace is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth school and it has to be noted that he played 94 league games for the Modri between 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £16.5 million.
Luka made his Tottenham debut on 16 August, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. The Croatian star scored only 13 goals in 127 league appearances for the Spurs, but he is well known for his brilliant passing. In 2012 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million and he made his debut against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, return leg.
Modric quickly established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, he helped the capital club win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016). You should bear in mind that he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
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.