Mid-table Girona and title-bidding Barcelona will renew hostilities in another Catalan derby at the Estadio Municipal de Montilivi on Sunday. Take advantage of the best betting odds and La Liga props by using our sportsbook.
Let’s check the latest La Liga news, stats, injury reports, and La Liga lines for Girona vs Barcelona. We’ve got plenty of La Liga picks for you to consider.
Girona: Decent Season
Girona secured a return to Spain’s top flight for the 2022-23 campaign courtesy of its playoff success in the Segunda Division last season, with the team back at this level of football for the first time since 2019.
Girona is sitting only five points behind eighth-placed Athletic Bilbao and has only lost one of its last eight La Liga fixtures during an impressive run of form.
In most situations, the 11th place at the half of the season would mean a safe position and a decent distance to the teams in the lower part of the table. However, Girona has just four points more than Valladolid, the team headlining the danger zone.
Girona lost against Villarreal on Sunday and recorded just one shot on target, so we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
The hosts are inconsistent and have won just five league games till now. By all means, they are huge underdogs this weekend and will again be missing David Lopez, Reinier, and Ibrahima Kebe through injury, while Santiago Bueno is suspended following his red card against Villarreal last time out. Valentin Castellanos could potentially come in for Cristhian Stuani at centre-forward.
Barcelona Dominates Title Race
Barcelona has managed to keep a three-point lead over its biggest rival, Real Madrid. This will likely be another two-horse race for the Spanish title.
Barcelona struggled a bit in its previous two fixtures but won by the bare minimum against city rivals Atletico Madrid and Getafe. Girona could be a somewhat easier match.
With Robert Lewandowski out again, as he serves the final game of this three-match ban, Barcelona will have to rely on other offensive weapons against Girona. Although more than a few players can find the back of the net, Ansu Fati seems like the best choice to score a goal against Girona, so if you’re betting online, you should back him to score.
The likes of Marcos Alonso, Raphinha, Sergi Roberto, and Jordi Alba are among those who will be in contention for starts should Xavi decide to make changes in the starting lineup.
Barcelona has not lost a single match since falling to Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the end of October. Barca is competing on three fronts this season, with the team preparing to take on Manchester United in a Europa League knockout round playoff tie next month.
Girona vs Barcelona Head-to-Head
Girona suffered a 2-0 loss to Barcelona when the two teams last met in January 2019, but it did manage to pick up a point at Camp Nou in September 2018.
Barcelona won eight of its last away games, including a couple during extra time in cup matches. Girona finally lost in the last round of La Liga after seven games without a defeat. The visitors have the best defense in the league, with just six goals allowed in 17 games, five of them coming on the road.
Girona vs Barcelona Match Information
- Match: Girona (5-6-7) vs Barcelona (14-2-1)
- Location: Estadio Municipal de Montilivi, Girona
- Day/Time: Saturday, Jan. 28, 10:15 a.m. ET
- Girona vs Barcelona Live Stream: fubo.tv
Girona vs Barcelona Betting Lines
Girona vs Barcelona Picks & Prediction
The visitors enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -175 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at three.
Girona can make this a very difficult match for the Catalan giants, and we expect it to be tight in terms of the scoreline. However, we still think Barcelona should have enough to return home with the three points and maximize the gap at the top of the table.
The difference in quality between the two teams is huge, but this game should have a maximum of three goals scored, so for our official pick, we will combine the moneyline with the goals market.
Barcelona are listed at -170 in our La Liga lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Barcelona, you have a chance to win $59. The Girona are +435, offering a chance to win $435 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Barcelona a 62.96% chance to win, with Girona at 18.96%.