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Real Madrid vs. Girona - 2/17/19 LaLiga Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Girona at Real Madrid
Date & Time Sunday February 17, 2019, 6:00 AM (EST)
Location
Santiago Bernabeu
Madrid, Spain
The Line
Over: 3.5 (+110) / Under: 3.5 (-139)
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Soccer | Girona at Real Madrid
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Real Madrid is set to host Girona in round 24 of Spanish LaLiga.

Real Madrid is playing in great form after a rocky start of the season. Santiago Solari is a former player, now the coach of this team and after his arrival everything changed for the better. Real are playing some of the most enjoyable soccer in Europe right now and are averaging more then 2 scored goals per game in the last ten games. Real Madrid had 66% ball possession and 84% of correct passes and have scored an impressive 3 goals out of 4 shots on goal in their last LaLiga game against Atletico Madrid. Karim Benzema leads Real Madrid with 10 scored goals while Bale and Ramos added 6 each. Isco and Llorente are injured while Modric is suspended because of yellow cards. Real is on an 8 game streak without a loss with a home record of 8 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. After signing Solari as head coach, Real Madrid’s defense has stabilized while offense started producing a lot more chances and more importantly some key players like Modric and Kroos have improved their form. Madrid is expected to play with their top line up because they are closing up to Barcelona on the top of the LaLiga standings and this is the opportunity Real can’t afford to miss.

Girona has had amazing start of the season, they were hard to beat home and away but soon after the fast start everything went downhill. Girona is on a 13-game streak without a win and are not showing signs of improvement. Girona’s offense is a mess and defense isn’t much better at all. Girona has conceded 24 goals in their last 10 matches and hasn’t scored a goal in their last 2 games despite having 66% ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 13 corner kicks and 81% of correct passes. Everything that Girona had at the start of the season in sense of game style and chemistry is now gone and coach Eusebio can’t find a way to get it back. Girona is holding 17th place in the standings with only 1 point above relegation zone and will be fighting for their lives until the end of the season. Christian Stuani leads Girona with 12 goals and is 3rd top goal scorer in LaLiga at the moment. Some of Girona’s key players like Aday, Mojica, Doumbia and Garcia are injured and will not play in this game.

Head to head these teams have played only 5 times with Real winning 4 of those matches and Girona 1 with every one of those games producing at least 3 goals and I’m expecting same in this game.

Pick:
Over: 3.5 (+110)

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