Malaga vs Cordoba by Jimeno
Second leg of the 32 of the Spanish Copa del Rey. First game result was 2:0 for Cordoba.
Malaga totally lost concentration in Sevilla on Saturday and collected four times the ball from the net, all in the first half. So they suffered a heavy defeat to Sevilla in the Andalusian derby as they only managed to achieve a goal in the second half. If we consider both the defeat in the Copa del Rey before 20 days or so, they completed four games without a win (0-2-2). Now they need to overturn the 2-0 of the first game against Cordova, to qualify for the round of 16.
It is still not clear from the news report which players will be used, but they are facing the game with their back to the wall. It is expected that they will not do experiments and their eleven will be mostly be based on key players. The only sure fact is that Carlos Kameni will be under the goal posts as the Ukrainian goalkeeper Denys Boyko in three games conceeded seven goals.
On the other side, on Saturday Cordoba proved once again that away from home are a very dangerous team. The away win over Oviedo was the third so far in the league (3-5-2). They are finding the net with ease, as on all ten games away from home they scored on nine, but they equally accepting goals with ease too, this happened in their last 12 games to the Segunda.
Now they need to defend the first game result in order to have the opportunity to play for the third time in the history to the round of 16 of Copa del Rey. They have never progressed further than 16, as in 2012 and 2013 the were kicked out from Espanyol and Barcelona.
- Malaga have lost their last 4 matches in Copa del Rey.
All in all, Malaga in a difficult situation after the defeat of 2-0 in the first match and a heavy defeat to the neighboring derby against Sevilla, while they are accepting goals in Rosaleda. I think that Cordoba will be a hard nut to crack. They score easily with counter attacks, and as time will pass to the game, Malaga will risk more and more leaving empty spaces. I see more chances for Cordoba to score than the odds suggest.