By William Hill
21st September 2018
Barcelona will host their Catalan rivals Girona at the Camp Nou this Sunday evening, with the clash being aired on Eleven Sports. The highly-anticipated fixture will be watched by many, featuring some of the biggest Spanish stars fighting for both points and politics.
Barcelona vs Girona: Predictions and Odds
Barcelona are an incredibly short 1/16 to beat their fellow Catalan club, with the visitors 25/1 to secure a third La Liga victory in succession this season and the draw available at 11/1.
But based on their midweek Champions League performance, it’s hard to see where Barca could go wrong. They boast an attacking lineup of Luis Suarez, Phillipe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and none other than Lionel Messi.
The latter scored a hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven and betting tipsters have picked him to score again, with odds of 19/10.
Yet. picking a home win seems a bit too obvious in the Barcelona vs Girona predictions, and Girona do possess attacking outlets that will cause them defensive instability.
Leading the battle charge will be Cristhian Stuani who has impressed so far with his strength and aerial ability. It would be churlish of Erneste Valverde to rule them out, particularly as Stuani has been tipped to make the score sheet, and we’re trading him at a 14/ pick.
Barcelona vs Girona predictions: Head-to-head
Last season represented the first instances of these two meeting in the Spanish top-flight, with Barca winning both showdowns by an aggregate score of 9-1. The Camp Nou clash finished 6-1, with Luis Suarez helping himself to a hat-trick.
If you fancy an exact repeat, we’ve tipped to be just as prolific in our Barcelona vs Girona Enhanced Odds.
Barca winning by five goals or more is now a 7/2 tip from 29/10, while Lionel Messi grabbing a hat-trick is 4/1 from 7/2. The Argentine has already netted seven times this season and all of them have arrived at home, meaning that based on pre-match predictions, this Sunday’s affair could be another tough match for Girona.
Barcelona vs Girona tips: Prediction, Best Bet, Scorer
Score Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Girona, with odds @ 10/1
Barcelona are the only team in La Liga to still have a 100% winning record and they’re unbeaten in 38 league outings at home, which is their longest sequence of this nature since the early 1990s.
However, they have only kept two clean sheets in their last seven Camp Nou league matches and scored no more than three in 10 of their last 13. We’ve made them our pick to be on the winning side, but think that a 3-1 home win seems a logical Barcelona vs Girona prediction.
Of Barcelona’s 14 La Liga goals this term, 11 have come after the half-time oranges and it’s no surprise that this bet would have been successful in their last five fixtures in all competitions.
Yet, Real Madrid had to stay patient when winning at Girona a month ago too, with three of their four goals that day arriving in the second period, and we’re betting that Barca will have to be just as patient to clinch all three points.
Predicted goalscorer: Ousmane Dembele to score anytime @ 5/4
Dembele, Messi and Suarez have been the front three in all six of Barcelona’s wins this season and given the former has been subbed off in both of their last two matches, he’s expected to start against Girona.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has netted in all of Barca’s last four fixtures in all competitions and yet five of his teammates are shorter odds in the anytime scorer betting. Dembele is certainly the value selection, and with his pace and trickery on the ball, placing a wager on him to score seems to be easy money.