Following their victory in midweek fixtures, Sevilla FC are ready to face off with Girona FC for another mid-table battle on Monday at 20:00 (GMT+1). Their game at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan kicks off at 20:00 (GMT+1).
Sevilla Seize Golden Window of Opportunity with Last-Gasp Penalty Win Against Athletic Club
Sevilla recorded a narrow 1-0 win against Athletic Club on Thursday at San Mames Barria thanks to an injury time goal by Lucas Ocampos [90+2 P]. Ocampos’ last-gasp penalty [90+2 P] eventually decided the contest in stoppage time. Sevilla have won three in a row (WDDWWW), with Jose Luis Mendilibar remaining unbeaten after seven matches since taking over management duties. Sitting 11th overall, Sevilla have an excellent chance to overtake Monday’s opponents by seizing this golden window of opportunity and surpass them all. After an up and down start to their season involving two replacement coaches, the Sevillistas have now amassed 41 points from 11 wins, 8 draws and 12 losses and are poised to enter into the upper half of their table if they find some luck here. Los Nervionenses have won six out of their last eight La Liga home matches [6W, 1D, 1L], having failed to do so in any of their prior seven [0W, 3D, 4L]. Furthermore, both their home meetings against Girona have resulted in victories with clean sheets being achieved in both. Home side could now add another victory to their record of nine in thirteen Monday-based games played. Luis Mendilibar stated after Thursday’s win: “Now we are far off from relegation, so the break will help our players recover and we can focus on trying to beat Girona again and see if we can.” On Monday versus Girona Gironistes, Mendilibar could field a 4–2–3–1 formation featuring Youssef En-Nesyri as attacker while Joan Jordan and Marcao remain unavailable due to injuries.
Girona Stun Madrid 4-2 in La Liga; Seek 3rd Straight Victory Against Sevilla
Girona secured an emphatic 4-2 win against Real Madrid thanks to Valentin Castellanos, 24, on loan from New York City FC and scoring four goals [12′, 24”, 46” 62′] as they recorded their third La Liga win since March, WDWLW. After this victory, Sevilla remain tied for 10th with both 11 wins, 8 draws and 12 defeats [11W, 8D, 12L]. As well as beating Madrid, Girona recently picked up a point against top-seeded Barcelona [0-0], while also recording back-to-back La Liga victories against Sevilla. The visitors have only lost one of their last five away matches played on Mondays [2W, 2D, 1L] and are seeking three victories against Sevilla in succession. A 4–1–4-1 formation featuring Cristhian Stuani leading their attack is anticipated for Monday’s clash against Sevillistas.