Preview: Girona vs. Athletic Bilbao 

The Friday night offering in La Liga sees Girona welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Estadi Montilivi.

Girona look in a spot of bother, as they are seven points worse off this season than they were at the same stage the last time they were relegated in 2018-19.

Girona have their home form solely to thank for them not being in the bottom three at present, as 80% of their points have come at the Montilivi.

Taking advantage of being at home again here will be critical before facing Elche, a side yet to win after 12 matches, in midweek in their final league encounter before the World Cup.

Michel’s men have not won in seven games though, and taking just two points in games with Osasuna, Almeria and Cadiz was underwhelming.

An excellent draw away at Real Madrid sums up their highly volatile form but has shown what they are capable of, even if they were fortunate to avoid defeat after a last-gasp VAR intervention denied Real a winner.

With Sevilla being one of the sides below them in the relegation zone, you would expect Girona must pick up points because the Champions League competitors will surely not linger in that position for much longer.

Ernesto Valverde led his Bilbao side to five wins in their first seven La Liga matches of the campaign, but a gruelling run of fixtures saw them pick up just two points from a possible 12 at the start of October.

Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Getafe and Barcelona were the opponents during that run, but a win over Villarreal last week got them back on track, meaning it remains their best start to a La Liga since the turn of the millennium.

Returning to Europe for the first time in six seasons is on the agenda for the losing 2012 UEFA Europa League finalists, and being just one of two sides in the top eight not playing European football this season in an already congested calendar could aid their ambitions.

They are just two points behind fourth-placed Real Betis going into the weekend, so breaking into those illustrious Champions League spots will be the target before the World Cup break.

Girona La Liga form:

Athletic Bilbao La Liga form:

We say: Girona 1-2 Athletic Bilbao
Winless in seven, including four defeats for Girona, is relegation form, and unless they get a result here, they could fall into the bottom three come the end of the weekend.

After a tough run, Bilbao found the winning formula again last week and should be able to overcome Girona here, despite some key injuries.

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