With a place in the standings table, Eibar and Girona will play this Thursday, December 21, opening the schedule for the 17th round of the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, which had its matches divided into five dates and will continue until Saturday, December 23rd. In the Municipal Stadium of Ipurua, the game starts scheduled for 16:30 (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Eibar
On Saturday, December 16, Eibar managed to overthrow Valencia from the Spanish league vice-leader by scoring 2-1. On the break, they increased their unbeaten run in the tournament to five matches. It was four wins and a draw in the period.
This boosted the club, which had a bad start, in the standings. With 21 points (six wins, three draws and seven losses), he reached ninth place. Also put Villarreal, sixth place with 24 points, which closes the zone of classification for continental tournaments in his crosshairs.
One factor that certainly weighed on Eibar’s reaction was the emptying of the medical department. For the duel of this Thursday the technician Jose Mendilibar has all the athletes of the cast at his disposal.
Another aspect is the house factor, which has been responsible for the good campaigns of the team in La Liga. This is his fourth season since winning the First Division. He is the seventh best man in the current season with 14 points (four wins, two draws and two losses).
The current form of Girona
Girona is a newcomer to this situation. For the first time figure in the elite of Spanish football. And it goes even better than Eibar. With 23 points (six wins, five draws and five losses) he completed the sixteenth round in seventh place in the elite squad.
After a period of flurry with four games without a win (three draws and one defeat), which includes a commitment to the King’s Cup, Girona rose again by beating Espanyol 1-0 away from home, and Getafe, at home, in the last two days of LaLiga.
For Thursday’s match, coach Pablo Machin has to wait for the positioning of the medical department in relation to three players who are in the process of recovery from injury. They are the defenders Pedro Alcala (five matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, one goal) and Marc Muniesa (ten games, no goal); and midfielder Eloi Amagat (without performances).
History of the bouts between Eibar and Girona
Eibar never managed to defeat Girona. The duel had only four editions, with two draws and two victories of the Girona. This will be the first time they face in the elite division of Spanish football.
Even with very limited financial resources, the two clubs were able to set up a tactical structure not only capable of keeping them far from the relegation zone, but even giving wings to bigger dreams as a continental tournament ranking, which would be the first in the history of both.
The previous season, Eibar was already in that situation, but ended up losing breath in the final stretch of the tournament and had to be content to only guarantee the permanence in the First Division of the tournament. This year, he showed signs that again that would be the goal, but reacted and approached the first placed.
The small difference in score between the teams shows balance. In this scenario, the home factor can be decisive and, therefore, Eibar ends up being the best betting option for the match. It has a price of 1.95 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.40 and successful visitor multiplies the investment by 4.00.