Girona will aim to secure their 14th victory of a remarkable La Liga season when they host Alaves at Estadi Montilivi on Monday night.
Girona claimed a significant 4-2 win against Barcelona in their last match, placing them at the top of the table with 41 points from 16 games.
They boast an impressive record of 13 wins, two draws, and one defeat this season, along with being the top scorers in La Liga with 38 goals.
This campaign could see Girona achieve their highest-ever finish in La Liga, currently leading the standings and maintaining an unbeaten run since September’s loss to Real Madrid.
Alaves, meanwhile, secured promotion through last season’s Segunda Division playoffs and have returned to La Liga following their relegation in 2021-22.
However, they have struggled in front of goal this season, managing only 14 goals in 16 matches.
With 16 points from their 16 league games, Alaves sits in the 13th position. They aim to bounce back from a recent 1-0 home loss to Las Palmas.
Girona La Liga Form: WWWWDW
Alaves La Liga Form: LWLWDL
Girona will miss Yangel Herrera, Borja Garcia, Joel Roca, Ricard Artero, and Toni Villa due to fitness issues. Cristhian Stuani is suspended for accumulating yellow cards.
The side is likely to feature a similar lineup to the one against Barcelona, with Ivan Martin taking a deeper midfield role in Herrera’s absence, while Artem Dovbyk leads the attack.
Alaves will be without Aleksandar Sedlar, Giuliano Simeone due to injuries, and Abdel Abqar, who is suspended. Nahuel Tenaglia could replace Abqar in defense.
Samu Omorodion is set to lead the forward line, supported by Luis Rioja and Ianis Hagi in the starting XI.
Girona Possible Starting Lineup: (3-4-3)
E Garcia, D Lopez, Blind;
Couto, Martin, A Garcia, Gutierrez;
Tsygankov, Dovbyk, Savio
Alaves Possible Starting Lineup: (4-4-1-1)
Gorosabel, Tenaglia, Marin, Lopez;
Rioja, Blanco, Guridi, Rebbach;
Prediction: Girona 2-0 Alaves
Although Alaves could pose a challenge, Girona’s impressive form and Alaves’ struggles in scoring goals suggest a victory for the league leaders. Girona’s strength and likely clean sheet make them favorites for a comfortable win on Monday night.