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Match Preview – Girona vs Sevilla: Outsiders look to keep up the pressure

The La Liga weekend comes to a close in Girona, where the unlikely title contenders host Sevilla. Girona, who sit top of the table, need a win to retake their place at the summit, with Real Madrid playing earlier in the day.

The last time Girona played was against bottom-of-the-table Almería. The Catalans were held to a 0-0 draw, which was a disappointing result, but it’s important not to read too much into it. Girona are unbeaten in all competitions since September (13 wins, 3 draws).

That unbeaten run includes seven home games (6 wins, 1 draw), where they’ve scored at least twice in five of their six victories during that period. With such firepower, they’ll be hoping that’s more than enough to get the better of Sevilla, a team they’ve beaten four times in a row.

Sevilla, who also had Copa del Rey commitments in midweek, have had an extra day of rest following their 3-1 win over Getafe in the last 16. But all eyes will be on their survival, as they’ve made their worst start to a season since the introduction of the three-point system.

The arrival of Hannibal and Lucien Agoumé on loan in recent weeks should help to strengthen Sevilla’s midfield, which they desperately need to end their three-game losing streak in La Liga. The visitors have also won three of their last four away matches in all competitions, which could give them some confidence going into this tough away fixture.

Key battle:

At 37 years old, Christian Stuani is often used as a substitute, but the Girona striker has still contributed to four goals in his last five La Liga appearances (3 goals, 1 assist). Another 37-year-old veteran, Sergio Ramos, will be tasked with stopping him. Ramos has scored in two of Sevilla’s last three away wins.

Hot stat:

Girona have scored more goals at home before halftime (13) than Sevilla have scored in 90 minutes away from home (10).

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