Girona – Betis SOCCER PICKS
The season is still fresh, but Girona could just again become the revelation of this year in La Liga. On Thursday-evening, the Catalans take on in their own Montilivi against Real Betis.
Girona did it last season in its debut year at the highest level and exquisitely and continues this upward trend this season. The Catalans stayed handsome 2-2 at FC Barcelona last weekend and with eight points out of five matches they are firmly in the middle of Spain. So far, the men of trainer Eusebio only had to bow to Real Madrid.
Girona must be mainly concerned with her togetherness, but also has one of the best spiers on the Spanish fields at her disposal in the person of Cristhian Stuani. The 32-year-old Uruguayan was already doing well last season with 21 league goals and this early year was already five times accurate, including twice last weekend in the Camp Nou. This means he is on an equal footing with none other than Lionel Messi. A week earlier, he also signed for a doblete in the 3-2 victory over Celta de Vigo. Although Stuani is in the autumn of his career, in his current form he would be a very welcome reinforcement for almost every team.
Real Betis will look back with double feelings on the 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao last weekend. After only a goal in the four previous league matches, the Andalusians finally know what scoring is, but a victory did not deliver that. In addition, the attackers Sergio Leon, Antonio Sanabria and Loren Moron are still dry, so the scoring syndrome is still not completely over. ‘We have given everything,’ says defender Marc Bartra, who got the laughs on his hand with his tweet. It was indeed hard, because right back Francis scanned the field with a material man, looking for a lost tooth …
Despite the somewhat disappointing results trainer Quique Setien is not worried. “The goals are coming,” said the coach. ‘Except for two goals, we created three to four open opportunities. It is only a matter of time before we start to score again. ‘ Of course he is completely right about that, but something like that is going to gnaw at the Betis attackers’ self-confidence.