Rayo and Girona duel for sixth position

The Catalans are three points behind the Franjirrojos, but they arrive in Vallecas depleted by the casualties. Both teams are coming off winning promotion contenders.

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Rayo and Girona meet in Vallecas (6:15 p.m., #Vamos) to fight a duel. There are two teams for a single destination: sixth place, the key to the playoff. And the thing is that Segunda is on its final stretch and each game is a real battle for points and goalaverage. An aspect that is in the air, since they finished 0-0 in Montilivi. Now, on paper, the Vallecanos start with an advantage, since they are the current tenants of that sixth position and defend it at home against a rival battered by casualties and three points away (follow the game live on AS.com ) .

The Catalan team loses five important players through injury - Samu Saiz, Pablo Moreno, Bernardo, Juanpe and Terrats - and, to these absences, two more are joined, by two positive in COVID-19. Hence, Francisco has had to use four footballers from the subsidiary to complete the call. Despite everything, Girona does not wrinkle and clings to its streak - the best of the season - of five games without losing. Especially, after the adrenaline generated in his last victory against Ponferradina (3-1), another of his enemies for the promotion. The franjirrojos are not down either, they have only lost once in their last six games and have won in Almería's lair (0-1) .

For this appointment, Iraola will have to rebuild the defense due to the loss of the sanctioned Catena, the rayista who has played the most minutes this course. To relieve him, the technician shuffles two options: the youth squad Martín or the lateral Martos, who has already served as a center-back previously. The coach is also aware of the evolution of Trejo and Montiel, with discomfort, and Pozo, Velázquez and Ulloa, injured. On the other hand, Baby points to the eleven, where Álvaro is being a fixture on the left flank, the lane that channels the team's greatest danger.

To put Rayo in trouble, Francisco will have Sylla and Stuani. At the rear there is less to choose from, but the opportunity is golden for young people like Santi Bueno and Arnau Martínez (youth). The coach is considering going out with three center-backs and ex-franjirrojo Luna and Jordi Calavera will compete for the last available space. So many setbacks only motivate the rojiblancos, who are driven by that feeling of having nothing to lose ... 444 444Keys to the matchSolidness

The Rayo have found their balance behind: they have only conceded one goal in the last three games. Without Catena, there will be changes in the rear.

Reaction

Girona has recovered the competitive gene. In 5 of his last 6 games he has been behind on the scoreboard (against Ponferradina, he scored first) and has only lost one.Jugones

El Rayo bets on the touch. It is the team with the most good dribbles (345) and the most correct centers to the area (163) of Segunda.

Yellow alert

Apart from injuries and COVID-19, Girona can extend its list of casualties. There are five players one yellow from suspension.

Precedents

Rayo and Girona have played nine times in Vallecas, with five local victories (the last 1-0, 19-20), a draw and three defeats.

Aces to follow Álvaro

He is the maximum assistant of the Strip (seven) and the third of Second. He assisted Baby in the 0-1 in Almería.

Stuani

It's sweet. He has signed two goals and one assist in his last three appointments. Lightning is his favorite victim.

CoachesIraola

"We play with Girona, which threatens our position in the playoff zone. There is less and less left and the points are more important, we look at the goalaverage more. Whoever scores first will face it. Concentration is key.Francisco

"We are facing a rival that is ahead, a good team and we arrive with notable casualties because they are the centrals. Rayo is made to move up. He will push us and more at home, knowing what we are at stake" .



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