Match Time：12/12/2017 04:00 Tuesday (GMT+8)
Espanyol: Gerard Moreno takes the Catalans by the hand ( Recent Form: L L W W L )
Although Espanyol won her last two official home matches, they sees the relegation zone coming close. Alaves won 2-0 against Las Palmas on Friday-evening, so the difference with the Catalans is only four points. Espanyol can use a victory on Monday night in house against Girona to maintain its safe buffer. Espanyol is a tough opponent for every club, thanks to its solid rearguard, but the blue-witches also score very hard. Espanyol only scored eleven times in fourteen rounds of play. "We understand the frustrations of the fans," said defender David Lopez. 'Our game is better than last year and we also create more opportunities. We do not know how to use it enough. ' Espanyol is very dependent on Gerard Moreno, who regularly manages to get the net out of five league goals. He made all those goals in his own RCDE Stadium. Thanks to his goals, Los Pericos already scored thirteen points in their own home, while they only scored three points on foreign soil. Gerard Moreno is again assisted by the Brazilian Leo Baptistao, who is now fit again.
Girona: The Catalans are faced with defensive problems ( Recent Form: W D D D L )
Girona is part of The City Group, which also holds Manchester City. It is no coincidence that an entire enclave mercenaries from the English walk around with the Catalan team. However, the red-hairs would be wise to knock on at Manchester City again next winter and to ask a new goalkeeper. At home against relegation candidate Alaves took Girona last week a 2-0 lead through goals by Christian Stuani and Juanpe, but because of a hat-trick to mistakes from close Yassine Bounou the Catalans still 2-3 with the shortest end. The defense was until recently the showpiece of Girona, but that is clearly not the case in recent weeks. The Catalans have not been able to keep their goal clean since 20 September. Monday evening, the rearguard of the red-witch is going to get tough again, because with injuries from Marc Munsiesa, Pedro Alcala and Bernardo Espinosa, no less than three important defenders are sidelined. Against Espanyol trainer Pablo Machin will therefore have to appeal to various reserves. Another option is that he opts for a system with four defenders instead of the usual five-man rearguard, although I do not think the coach will do that fast. Partly thanks to the 5-2-2-1 system, Girona is in a very deserving 13th place.
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
After all, Espanyol is the right favorite thanks to her excellent home balance and the defensive problems at Girona, although I think the odds for a home win are on the low side. I prefer the juicy odd for a goal by Gerard Moreno. The striker is responsible for five of the eight league goals that Espanyol managed to score in-house this season. He will undoubtedly also have his chances against the damaged Girona defense.
RCD Espanyol VS Girona
Nowgoal Pick: Under 2.5
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