The importance of home pitch advantage couldn’t be overstated in the double legged playoffs semifinal between Girona and Alcorcon. The latter missed out on the opportunity to win in front of their fans, and it is now Girona’s chance to win at home and get a step closer to booking a place in Primera Division.
Odds: Sportingbet 2.10
As expected, Girona started with a single striker but the hosts were well prepared and found a way to annihilate Acuna. What they didn’t expect was for midfielders to shoot so many balls towards the net defended by Manu, and they were downright stunned to see the visitors taking an early lead. Hurtado scored his first goal this season and it took Alcorcon almost an hour to score the equalizer, but the last 30 minutes didn’t bring the much-needed goal.
Veteran Miguelez gave them a fighting chance and it is very likely for coach Bordalas to reward him with a place upfront alongside Oriol. The gifted striker had the same fate as Acuna, with the visitors focusing almost exclusively on containing and isolating him. Girona won’t make the same mistake their opponents did and will use a 4-3-3 starting formation with Acuna spearheading the attack. One week ago they defeated Alcorcon at home by three goals to two with a similar squad and even dug themselves out of a 0-2 hole.
At least in theory, Girona would advance to the next round at the end of a scoreless draw, but this is not the way the hosts plan to qualify. They will throw everything they’ve got at Alcorcon, hoping that their inexperienced players and fragile defense will succumb to the pressure. Sportingbet gives punters an excellent chance of making the game interesting by offering odds of 2.10 for a home victory.