Granada vs Malaga by Jimeno
Granada didn't manage to walk away with something away from home against Sevilla last time out on Friday evening, as the side lost 2:0 without being really threatening. Hosts took the lead already in fourth minute via Ganso and had much more of the ball possession and chances created.
Their superiority was more than obvious as they sealed the victory again with a goal from Ganso in 46th minute and truth to be told, the home team probably deserved to win with a bigger margin victory. It was third consecutive defeat for Granada, also eight game without a victory in the progress as the side only earned a point during these eight, being now second from the bottom with seven points less than safely placed Leganes and only a victory can keep their chances for salvation.
Home team should be set in 4-2-3-1 formation, using Ponce as central striker, plus Wakaso, Pereira and Carcela-Gonzalez as offensive midfielders. Central defender Matthieu Saunier (16/0) is injured and won't be playing here, while doubtful remain forwards Adrian Ramos and Artem Kravets and left back Hector.
Malaga, on the other side, surprised a bit with a victory in front of own fans, as the side won over Valencia on Saturday afternoon with a 2:0 result. Goals were scored inside the first halftime, via Recio in 36th and Ramirez in 40th minute, as the home team controlled completely the first halftime.
Players of Valencia improved in the second halftime and were better, but it wasn't enough for any goal scoreline change. This way Malaga continued decent momentum, as they have three victories in last four rounds, winning previously at home against Barcelona but also on the road to Gijon. The side is now at fifteenth position, having thirteen points more than relegating worried sides and can play much more relaxed the rest of the competition.
Visitors from Malaga are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation too, with Ramirez as central striker and Keko, Fornals and Juankar as offensive midfielders. Central defender Bakary Kone (7/0), midfielders Zdravko Kuzmanovic (4/0), offensive Juanpi (22/2) and Adalberto Penaranda (9/0) remain injured.
- Granada have conceded at least 3 goals in their last 3 home matches (La Liga).
Granada have lost three consecutive matches and are now in really difficult position and need a three pointer here in order to remain with some chances of salvation till the end of the season. Hosts need to attack, while visitors remain with a bit more quality squad and surely being in a better momentum. Both teams scoring should come here with ease.