August 23, 2020 will be etched in the mind of Girona and Elche, but only one of the two clubs will be able to remember it with joy and happiness. Everything is completely open, the 0-0 in the first leg makes it even more evident that in a final there is no room for favoritism and that both teams will have options until the last moment.
The first of the conditions that will make the difference compared to the first leg will be the grass. Montilivi will dress up, as the occasion deserves, with a perfect carpet so that you can experience a historic night, although obviously without fans. Girona has ninety minutes to achieve the goal that was set at the beginning of the season and thus recover what it lost just over a year ago in that fateful game against Levante.
After ninety minutes at the Martínez-Valero, where very little football was seen and the defenses were imposed on the attacks, Girona is only worth winning, by whatever result, or that the tie to zero is maintained until the end of the game and also until the end of the extension. In this case, Francisco’s men would be a First Division team because they were ahead of Elche in the standings.
Francisco has all his offensive arsenal and Jonathas returns to Elche
To do this, Francisco will have all his offensive arsenal, with which he hopes to score the first goal of the season against Edgar Badia, who in the three games in which he has faced Girona this campaign has left zero to the Catalans. Stuani, Borja and Samu Saiz are aiming and eager than ever to show their quality, in a match that is only suitable for the brave. In defense, where the team has had casualties in recent weeks, it seems that the coach will be able to count on Ramalho, who had to retire due to a blow to the thigh on Thursday, but it also seems that Mojica and Aday will arrive, casualties in the last encounters.
In Elche the big news will be the return of Jonathas. The forward returns after serving the two penalty games and will be the main threat to Pacheta’s men, who will have to risk more than in the first leg. The question is also whether the coach of the people of Elche will repeat the line of five behind or if, otherwise, he plays with 4 and makes a somewhat more offensive approach.
Probable Girona lineups:
Girona: Risk; Ramalho, Ignasi Miquel, Juanpe, Maffeo; Gumbau, Granell, Borja García; Samu Saiz, Jairo; and Stuani.
Substitutes: Juan Carlos, Suárez, Calavera, Santi Bueno, Alcalá, Mojica, Aday, Diamanka, Cristian Rivera, Gallar, Valery, Jonatan Soriano and Zeballos.