This weekend, two teams come up against each other probably sitting around where they might expect. While the home side may have expected to be closer to the bottom of the table, they sit 16th place. However, for a team that many agree are doing extremely well to be in the top flight at all, this should pose a pretty interesting match to take in.
For Villarreal, though, a 9th place position might not be great but it is by no means a major issue. They have lots of improvement to come with the likes of Cedric Bakambu and Carlos Bacca up front. Goals are in the side; they just need to find a format that works for them. The impressive Rodri and Castillejo form a part of a young spine for the away side, while the likes of Granell and Stuani have made a decent impression for the home side.
If Carlos Bacca is to kickstart his return to La Liga, though, he’ll be expecting to score against a porous defence that has struggled in many ways. With Jonas Ramalho and Bernardo Espinosa struggling to make a positive impact on the top-flight, this is going to be interesting to see how both teams settle into the experience overall.
The home side will be gutted to be missing out on Marc Muniesa and Pedro Alcala, who will miss out taking out two of their three top performers. For Villarreal, the missing Sergio Asenjo, Andres Fernandez, Bruno Suoriano and Juame Costa will be a problem for them.
This should be a decent game, but we expect that the away side will get it together this weekend. They’ve not been great so far, but a porous and poor Girona side might just struggle against a team clicking into a new formation.