Barcelona vs GironaLa Liga, KO: 20:00 Apr 10, 2023, Spotify Camp Nou
After a humiliating defeat in the Copa Del Rey, Barcelona return to La Liga action with a Monday night clash against Girona. The Catalans remain well on course to win the title and should be too strong for Girona, who have struggled in recent weeks.
Barcelona are coming off a humiliating 4-0 home defeat to bitter rivals Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey semi-final. They failed to build on their first leg advantage and were completely outclassed by Los Blancos.
The defeat means Barcelona have now crashed out of every competition with the La Liga title their only chance for silverware this season. The good news is that they hold a 12-point lead at the top of the table and claimed a 4-0 victory at Elche in their previous La Liga fixture.
Prior to the defeat to Real Madrid, Barcelona had claimed four straight wins in La Liga. Xavi’s men have also won nine of their last 10 home matches in the league, keeping eight clean sheets in that run.
Girona’s campaign appears to be effectively over as they are not challenging for much at the moment. They are currently 11th on the standings, well clear of the relegation zone but also well off the pace in the race for European qualification.
Michel’s men have not been at their best lately but head into Monday’s clash off the back of a 2-1 victory over Espanyol in their previous fixture. Cristhian Stuani and Arnau Martinez got the goals as they ended a three-match winless run.
Girona have also found things difficult on their travels this season with just two away wins so far. They have lost three of their last five matches on the road, conceding seven goals in the last three fixtures in that run.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Barcelona as overwhelming favourites with a home win priced at 3/10 by bet365. An unlikely victory for Girona is valued at 10/1 by William Hill while a draw is set at odds of 9/2 with Paddy Power.
Head to head
Barcelona have an 8-1 advantage with one draw from 10 previous matches against Girona. The Catalans also claimed a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture back in January and have also won the last two meetings at Camp Nou.
Players to watch
Robert Lewandowski netted a brace in the win over Elche last time out and as always will be the one to watch for Barcelona. The Polish striker now has 17 La Liga goals this season and is priced at 8/11 by bet365 to find the net on Monday.
Barcelona have been solid at the back and have kept eight clean sheets in their last 10 home matches. They can be backed to keep another clean sheet at 10/11 with BoyleSports.
Anything else catch the eye?
Barcelona have won to nil in eight of their last 10 home matches in La Liga and could be set for a similar outcome at 23/20 with BetVictor. With the Catalans often scoring multiple goals at home, a -2 handicap can also be considered 11/8 with bet365.
Barcelona won both halves last time out at Elche and Monday’s clash could be tipped to follow a similar pattern at 15/8 with BetVictor.
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