Sevilla v Girona – La Liga – Week 23

After the euphoria of reaching our 17th Cup Final in what has been an absolutely incredible twelve years, it is back to the more mundane but equally important business of La Liga this weekend.

With Champions League qualification slowly slipping from our grasp, now is the time to put April 21st to the back of our minds, and fully focus on the arrival of FC Girona, who have been far and away the surprise package of the season for sure. They are currently sitting in 9th place, only 2 points behind us, and will fancy their chances of making their own claim for European Qualification.

The last time Girona visited the city they left heartbroken after taking a 94th minute lead over Real Betis, only for a 95th minute equalizer spoiling their party. They will surely fancy their chances of going one better this time around, and a win would see them leap-frog us. We simply cannot allow that to happen at this stage of the season.

Take a look at how tight things are from 3rd all the way down to 12th!! Athletic Bilbao could also enter that list of teams later tonight (Friday) when they host lowly and relegation doomed Las Palmas.

So quite clearly, we are only a defeat or two away from being dragged into a mid-table dog fight, whereas a few consecutive wins could see us back in the race for Champions League qualification. It is really that finely balanced and could go either way at the moment. This is a pivotal point of the season and we simply cannot afford to fail. Talk of the final should be banned!

Team news will be posted here as and when it becomes available, but one thing we know for sure is Ever Banega will be missing due to a hamstring injury he picked up in the latter stages of Wednesday night’s game. If it is just a standard hamstring injury his focus will be on returning for at least one of the two Manchester Utd games. Get well soon Ever! Franco Vazquez could also do with a rest after completing 90 minutes last time out. Saying that, he looks permanently shattered, so maybe he will get a start again, as Montella seems to really like him.

How do you think we will line up? Time to rest some regulars, or keep the momentum going? Is Banega’s injury the opportunity for Roque Mesa to shine? Does Nico Pareja deserve another chance after the horror show vrs Eibar?

We have already beaten Girona 1-0 last September, with Muriel scoring the decisive goal. A repeat scoreline would be more than welcome on Sunday afternoon.