Spanish champions Real Madrid will look to continue their resurgence in form as they host in-form Girona at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday. Zinedine Zidane’s side will be favourites despite taking on a Girona side who have won four of their last five.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu – 18 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Real Madrid v Girona: Sky Sports, William Hill
Last time: Girona ran out shock 2-1 victors at home to Real Madrid back in October at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi in the two’s first ever meeting. Isco gave the visitors the lead but goals from Christian Stuani and Portu gave the Catalan side a shock victory.
Real Madrid v Girona Predictions and Preview
Madrid’s form has improved markedly over the course of the past two months despite a recent league loss at Espanyol. They have gained 25 points from their last 10 league games and netted an impressive 35 goals in the process.
Zinedine Zidane’s team also defeated Paris Saint-Germain in both legs of their Champions League last 16 tie and could yet savour more success this season.
Girona have faced a tricky run of fixtures – a defeat at Barcelona was followed with a win over Celta Vigo and victory at Villarreal and they now take on the champions.
Chasing a remarkable European spot, Pablo Machin’s side have an impressive 20 points from their last 10 league games and four wins from their last five.
The Spanish and European champions are favourites to win this clash at 1/5, while an unlikely away victory is available at 18/1 with the draw priced at 36/5.
A ‘double’ chance on a Girona win or a draw is available at 5/1 while over 3.5 goals in the game is priced attractively at 8/11.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 17 goals in his last 10 matches to take him up to 33 goals for the campaign. The Portuguese star is priced at 2/5 to score anytime in this fixture.
One to watch for Girona: Christian Stuani is Girona’s top league scorer with 15 goals in 23 appearances. The former Middlesbrough striker is 14/5 to find the net anytime in this game.
Long shot: Real Madrid have been involved in some big wins recently – beating Real Sociedad 5-2, Deportivo 7-1 and Real Betis 5-3, while Girona lost 6-1 at Barcelona. Over 6.5 goals in this game is priced at 15/2.