La Liga is back, with the first Primera División fixture for 49 days takes place in Catalonia.
Girona are back in the top-flight this year, after defeating Eibar and Tenerife in last season’s Segunda División play-offs.
Given that, it’s very impressive that Blanquivermells are currently up in 13th, five points clear of danger.
Before the break, Míchel’s men enjoyed back-to-back wins, beating Athletic Club and then Elche, both by the same 2-1 scoreline.
So now, can Girona win three successive top-flight games for the first time since March 2018?
Rayo Vallecano meantime are eighth, knocking on the door of the European positions.
Los Franjirrojos are currently unbeaten in six La Liga matches, recording victories over Cádiz, Sevilla and champions Real Madrid in this period.
Óscar Trejo’s penalty claiming a famous 3-2 victory at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas in the latter at the start of November.
Last mid-week, both clubs were in Copa del Rey action, with mixed results.
Los Vallecanos, just about, got past Atlético Saguntino, prevailing on penalties after a goalless draw.
Rayo will now travel to Sporting de Gijón in the round of 32 next Tuesday.
Girona meantime were the only top-tier side eliminated in round two, crashing out at the hands of fourth division side Cacereño.
Nevertheless, this clash at Estadi Montilivi is tough to call.