Savage gives us his thoughts on the pick of the matches in Spain’s Primera División as Girona have the chance to reclaim top spot
Athletic Club v Real Sociedad
Sat 13 Jan 17:30
Old foes will meet again for the second Basque Derby of the year. The hosts currently boast a 6-point lead over their neighbours. However, they will not have forgotten the 3-0 drubbing they received in their previous meeting in September. Athletic are currently unbeaten in 12 (W9 D3) in all competitions including wins in each of their last 4 with no goals conceded. The visitor’s form by contrast has not been great of late. Only 1 win in their last 5 in the league (W1 D4) has seen a sizeable gap open to the other top sides. Bilbao’s impressive home record (W7 D2 L1) this season should see them take the W. Their only loss at La Catedral was to the league leaders on Matchday 1.
Almería V Girona
Sun 14 Jan 13:00
Girona kept their incredible run of form going with one of the results of the season last time out. Not content with beating Barcelona 2-4 in their own backyard they pulled off an incredible late victory against Atlético. Iván Mártin’s 91st minute winner claimed all three points for the Catalan side. It is unlikely that they will need any such heroics on their visit to Andalusia. Given that Almería are still winless at the halfway point of the season and surely must already be acknowledging their fate. However, of the 5 points they have accumulated, 4 have come at home including draws against Betis and Mallorca in their last two. The hosts issue is very definitely the number of goals conceded (43), an average of 2.2 per game. Most worrying of all is their visitors are the leading scorers in the league (46).
Athletic Club v Real Sociedad – Athletic Club to WIn @ 21/20
Almería v Girona – Girona and Over 2.5 Goals @ 5/4
Double @ 3/1