Malaga vs Celta by Jimeno
Malaga simply couldn't do much more in their 2:0 defeat away to Barcelona last weekend, as the hosts were simply way better, have enormous individual quality in their roster, but have also entered the game in the best possible manner, taking the lead in second minute already via Deulofeu.
It must be also said that their hosts weren't up to the usual level, being satisfied with the lead and alowing players of Malaga to develop their own game style as well, however netting one more in the second halftime via Iniesta in 56th minute also. With this defeat, the side remained at the rock bottom position at the table with just a point taken so far, being now six points behind safely placed Eibar. They confirmed poor form with a 2:1 defeat away to Numancia in Copa del Rey game last Tuesday evening, showing really poor psychology since they conceded two goals in the additional time of the second halftime.
Malaga should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Penaranda as central striker, but also with Castro, Keko and Juanpi as offensive midfielders. Midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic (5/0) is injured, same as left back Federico Ricca (5/0) and forward Diego Rolan (6/2). Central defenders Diego Gonzalez and Miguel Torres are both doubtful for this one. Malaga should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Penaranda as central striker, but also with Castro, Keko and Juanpi as offensive midfielders.
Celta broke their undefeated streak of four matches with a narrow defeat in front of own fans last Sunday evening when the team suffered narrow 1:0 loss against Atletico Madrid. Only goal was scored back in 28th minute via Gameiro in surely a bit undeserved victory for the visiting side.
That goal was almost all they did in attack during the whole game, while their style was ultra defensive in the second halftime and the players of Atletico barely had any ball possession just staying behind the ball and defending their lead. Even though Celta created enough in order to even revert the scoreline, a scoreline change never came. After this defeat, Celta is now at tenth position with five points less than Europa League placed Villarreal and surely aim all three points for this clash. They've taken a narrow 1:2 victory away to Eibar in Copa del Rey game last Wednesday using rotated squad.
Guests will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Aspas and Sisto on the wings, plus Gomez as central striker. Central defender Facundo Roncaglia (2/0) is injured, while doubtful are goalkeeper Ruben Blanco (3/0) and midfielder Jozabed Sanchez (8/0) with back problem. They will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Aspas and Sisto on the wings, plus Gomez as central striker.
- Malaga have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches (La Liga).
- Malaga have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 matches (La Liga).
Celta have shown so much more during this season and even when they don't get the right result, they don't disappoint with their performance. On the other side, Malaga is really struggling, especially in the offense and I can't see them being closer to a three pointer here. Inspite of their defeat last weekend, Celta is in a positive momentum.