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The Spanish title and relegation battle has already been decided, but there are still plenty of candidates in La Liga for the very last entry ticket for the Europa League. Both Girona and Eibar still stand a chance of European football, so the mutual meeting in Montilivi may rightly be called a key duel.
The battle for the seventh place, which gives right to the very last ticket for the Europa League, is incredibly fierce. With 48 points, Girona currently occupies ninth place, but the Catalans are only one point behind number seven Getafe. The red-witted could have been seventh with a bit of luck, were it not that they stayed on a 1-1 tie last week at Getafe. Girona, however, continues to believe in European football. “The European dream lives enormously in the locker room,” Defender Pedro Alcala said.
Trainer Pablo Machin, who has already indicated that he would like to stay in the Montilivi, can have an almost complete selection on Saturday afternoon. Except for the long-term injured Jose Aurelio Suarez, he only has to miss the suspended Pablo Maffeo against Eibar. The right back rented from Manchester City will probably be replaced by Aday Benitez. In the forefront, Cristian Portu and Cristhian Stuani hope to be able to hit again with heads. The king couple is jointly good for no less than thirty of the total 47 league goals.
Eibar came last weekend visiting Valencia no further than a goalless draw and seems to be the first to fall in the battle for European football. With three rounds remaining, the Basques are 44th in the twelfth place, at five points from number seven Getafe. Los Armeros simply can not afford a single point loss, although it seems unlikely that they will be allowed to add twelve points in the remainder of the season. The current form with only one victory in the last nine rounds is not to write home about. Still, they still have full confidence in trainer Jose Luis Mendilibar, who signed a new contract this week and will therefore be working at Ipurua for at least another season.
The current twelfth place is an excellent performance considering the player material and the budget, although Mendilibar will still worry about the current sporting slump. The main problem is the chronic lack of scoring power – in her last six games, Eibar only managed to let the net bulge once. Most poignant example is deep striker Kike Garcia. Although he does a lot of work, he has not managed to score nine games in a row. Mendilibar will have to look for a real goal thief in the coming summer, but will have to play with the players he has in the remainder of the season.
Girona vs Eibar head to head matches
21.12.17 LL Eibar Girona 4 : 1
25.01.14 LL2 Girona Eibar 1 : 1
24.08.13 LL2 Eibar Girona 0 : 3
07.06.09 LL2 Eibar Girona 2 : 2
11.01.09 LL2 Girona Eibar 2 : 0