Girona 1-0 Valencia – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. As expected, the feel-good factor and momentum behind Girona was telling against a far inferior Valencia. Girona was the winning favourite @ 2.20.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting. Girona merited a win by 3 goals based on clear chances missed before and after the goal. With hindsight, the -0.25 handicap @ 1.88 was massive value as well as being the winning selection.
Looking at The Under/Over betting last of all. Punters that went Overs here which was a little over odds against can count themselves unlucky, as Girona missed numerous sitters and Valencia also had a 1v1 saved. Under 2.5 was an unjust winner @ 1.81. In these kind of scenarios it is always worth keeping in mind for future betting in this market that this was as ‘overs type’ game, and overwhelming so.
Girona dominated a game where the final score does not tell the true story at all. 1-0 is often read as a narrow victory with the minimum done to achieve the points, this was anything but that.
At 0-0 Valencia had one clear missed opportunity on a first half break but before and after that, only poor finishing, great keeping or the woodwork prevented Girona from racking up 4 or 5 goals in this very open and entertaining match.
The home side dominated the large majority of the match and should easily have netted twice at least in the first half. The second period was similar, although Valencia had a bit more of the play in the latter stages which was the only time Girona sat off and defended their lead.
Girona got the winner on 64 minutes but missed bigger chances after a brilliantly take Borja Garcia goal. Shocked and fortunate to still be competitive in the contest, Valencia did come close on a last kick corner, but anything other than a comfortable home win would have flattered them. Fair score 4-1.
Valencia continued to drop like a stone towards the relegation zone with this loss. Currently without a permanent manager, Los Che have now lost four in a row, including two under Voro the interim boss.
The first major Girona chance came through Castellano, who dragged his shot wide of the Valencia goal.
Valencia had the odd foray forwards but nothing more than long shots for the most part.
The end-to-end play continued and the tempo was high, but it was the hosts proving more incisive as they created two clear cut chances. Aleix Garcia and Castellanos were both thwarted by man of the match Marmadashvili. And when he wasn’t the hero for the visitor, they were saved by the crossbar.
The visitor raced away on a break but Yunus Musah’s shot was saved by former spurs keeper Gazzaniga with a one-on-one situation, which was to be one of the very few times Girona were breached.
Castellanos continued to trouble Valencia in the second period as he flicked wide from a cross.
Girona brought on Rodrigo Riquelme and it wasn’t long after when Girona finally went ahead. It was Riquelme’s cross that saw Borja García fire into the bottom corner to get what provide to be the winner. This half chance was far tougher than bigger ones they could not convert!
The goal increased Valencia’s possession but Girona missed a couple more clear opportunities to wrap things up, before needing Gazzaniga once more to stand firm from a late header on a corner.