Spanish champions champions and early league leaders Barcelona will look to continue their 100% start to the season as they host Catalan rivals Girona. The Blaugrana will be massive favourites despite coming up against a side who have won each of their last two matches.
Where and when: Camp Nou, Barcelona – 23 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Girona: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: A hat-trick from Luis Suarez saw Barcelona overpower their Catalan rivals 6-1 back in February, while Ernesto Valverde’s side also triumphed 3-0 in the reverse victory at Estadi Montilivi.
|Over 2.5 goals||2/9||Offer|
|Barcelona half time/full time||1/3||Offer|
|Lionel Messi anytime scorer||3/10||Offer|
Barcelona vs. Girona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona have pulled away at the top of La Liga for the first-time last weekend – their win at Real Sociedad coupled with Real Madrid dropping points at Athletic Club of Bilbao.
Ernesto Valverde’s men have won all four league games and whilst they still look to be far from the finished product, their early points tally reflects their success last season.
Girona have recovered from a shaky start (being held by Real Valladolid and losing 4-1 at home to Madrid) to record highly impressive victories over both Villarreal and Celta Vigo.
The home side are favourites to win this encounter at odds of 1/16, with Girona priced at 28/1 and the draw available at 11/1.
This is unlikely to be a cagey affair with last season’s two meetings produced a total of 10 goals – so over 2.5 goals here appears to offer value at 2/9 with over 3.5 goals at 8/15.
However, if you think this game is likely to be a tight game with the visitors frustrating Barca, under 2.5 goals is priced at 3/1.
A ‘double chance’ on Girona to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 9/1 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/66.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 1/3.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi netted 34 goals in 36 La Liga outings last season and already has three in five this time around. He has scored two goals in his two outings against Girona, he is 3/10 to score anytime here.
One to watch for Girona: Christian Stuani is already beginning to click into gear for Girona, netting three goals in his last two outings as he chases his tally of 21 from last season. He is available at 51/10 to score anytime.
Long shot: Both these sides have kept two clean sheets from four while Girona will look to sit back and frustrate the hosts. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 60/1.