Girona and Espanyol have navigated parallel paths in recent days. Both teams managed to get away from relegation with two consecutive victories, but two new defeats brought them back into contention. The existing equality in the lower zone of the table, in which seven teams coexist in only four points, means that any result changes everything radically. On this day both face rivals with a fearsome offensive potential in search of a victory that changes their bad dynamics.
Espanyol (27), who will celebrate the selection of their striker Joselu, will have to face a Celta de Vigo (31) in great form. Led by Iago Aspas, also called up by Luis de la Fuente, and the very young Gabri Veiga, the team from Vigo have added 18 of the last 30 points and have not lost for four games. The parrots want to improve their balance at home, since they are the second worst team in the league at home, just ahead of Elche, although in 2023 they have been more solid and have only lost one official match of the six they have played in the RCDE Stadium, against Real Sociedad (2-3).
Girona (30), for its part, travels to Madrid to try to surprise Rayo Vallecano (35), one of the revelation teams of the season, but which has suffered a slowdown in recent days. Those of Iraola have not won since the beginning of February and have chained three draws and two defeats. Míchel will return to what was his home for 18 years, first as a player and then as a coach, to try to get his team to improve his numbers away from Montilivi, where they have only won two games out of twelve this season.