On May 20, Montilivi will host the match of the 35th round of Examples, in which Girona will meet with Villarreal. The start of the fight is scheduled for 15:00 Kyiv time.
The club after a 3-year pause returned to La Liga. It is noteworthy that they again had to fight in play-offs, but, unlike in 2020 and 2021, the Girondins coped with this successfully. Initially, they were, despite all the support in the Manchester City franchise structure, considered an outsider in the top division. But Michel Sanchez and his wards from the very beginning of the temporade were able to quite cheerfully score points. Moreover, it turned out to be not enough for them to simply secure the right for themselves in the next draw of Examples. Having secured a residence permit (and having received a good boost in the winter in the person of Viktor Tsygankov), Girona, unexpectedly, perhaps even for himself, was among the contenders for the 7th place in the European Cup. In April-May, Girona managed to win a lot. But the ending calendar is extremely difficult. We started this segment well, with 2:2 against Real Sociedad, which is in 4th place.
The team started the season, like a couple of previous ones, under Emery. Unai reached almost the maximum with the yellow submarine – he won the Europa League (bringing at the same time the 1st serious trophy for an ambitious club) in 2021, and a year later they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, and there they repeated the maximum result of the submariners. But at the same time, the results on the domestic arena fell with him, down to 7th place in the last temporade. It seems that the mentor himself was not interested in winning the Conference League, and he fled to Aston Villa in the fall. Quique Setien, who replaced him, reluctantly changed his accents. In the international arena, his wards did not shine. But they added it in the example. For a long time there were even claims for 4th place, but there were too many misfires. But they won’t fall below the 6th position for sure. Especially after the devastating 5:1 with Athletic.
In 2018, Girona won for the last time. After that, Villarreal won four times in a row, and in 3 cases, including this season – 1:0.
Bookmakers give a small advantage to guests. But both clubs are in good shape, so we bet on over 2.5 goals (odds – 1.68).
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