Villarreal vs Girona | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Villarreal are a great example of what can be achieved at a small club. They have established themselves in La Liga and also enjoyed some great moments in European football, including the Champions League. Girona are playing in only their second season in the Spanish top-flight having won promotion in 2016/17. They took little time to adjust to the pace of La Liga and recorded an excellent 10th place finish last season. It will be interesting to see how they develop.
Villarreal know this is a match they are expected to win. While they were once the underdogs going into games, The Yellow Submarine now start most home matches as the favourites to pick up 3 points and the same applies in this game. Girona know away wins will be very important if they are to establish themselves as a regular team in La Liga. No one is expecting them to improve on their 10th place from last season but if they can take something from this game, it would be a very good result.
Villarreal have had a stuttering start to their 2018/19 La Liga season. They started at home against Real Sociedad but fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat. However, they came back strongly in Seville to pick up a 0-0 draw against Sevilla so at least they are off the mark for the season. A win would be a great way to enter the international break.
Girona will be unhappy with the way their season started. Playing at home against newly promoted Real Valladolid, they were hoping to begin the season with a good win but were held to a 0-0 draw. They hosted Real Madrid last weekend and despite taking the lead Girona fell to a 4-1 defeat in-front of their own fans.
Villarreal vs Girona | Head-to-Head
Villarreal and Girona have met 4 times in their history, with each winning two games. Interestingly, both teams took maximum points when playing away from home last season, with Girona picking up a good 2-0 win at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Odds and Predictions
Villarreal will be keen to push for a Champions League qualifying place this season but need to win their home games for that to happen. Despite having fallen to Real Sociedad on the opening day of the season, Villarreal are the favourites to win this match priced at 1.60. Girona are the outsiders and can be backed at 5.75 to win in their first away game of the season. The draw is on offer at 3.75. Having conceded 2 goals in their first match, Villarreal tightened up in the away match against Sevilla, taking a 0-0 draw. They have scored just one goal this season and Girona have the same record, suggesting we could be in for few goals. Villarreal to win 1-0 is available at 6.50. Gerard Moreno is the only man to find the back of the net for Villarreal this season and the striker can be backed at 6.00 to open the scoring.
Villarreal vs Girona | Top Betting Tip: Villarreal (1-0)
Neither team have won a game this season and they have only managed two goals between them in the games they have played. We could be in for a very tight game, with chances at a premium and a narrow win for Villarreal.