Malaga vs Granada by Jimeno
Malaga stood undefeated for fourth consecutive game in Primera, as the team comes from a 2:2 draw away from home against Valencia last weekend. Even though a point away to Valencia is always a positive result, it needs to be said that the players of Malaga will have something to be disappointed about, since they were way better rival in that game.
They took the lead in third minute with a goal from Fornals, but got equalized just four minutes later via Rodrigo, while Medran brought the home team into the lead in 34th minute. From that moment on, Malaga was much better opponent and actually deserved all three points, but had to be satisfied only with a point taken thanks to another goal from Fornals, in third minute of additional time. Malaga is now in the middle of the table, with twenty points earned which is just three points below Europa League placed Real Sociedad.
Malaga should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Ramirez as central striker, plus Ontiveros, Santos and Juanpi as offensive midfielders. Diego Llorente returns from suspension and should be playing here at the heart of their back four, with Mikel Villanueva probably dropping to the bench. Offensive midfielder Gonzalo Castro (12/1) is suspended, while injured remain midfielders Zdravko Kuzmanovic (4/0), Keko (4/0), central defender Welington (1/0) and forward Charles (7/1).
Granada, on the other side, managed to take very important victory last weekend in front of own crowd winning 2:1 against Sevilla on Saturday evening. It was a big surprise to see them winning, while the draw would probably be much more fairer outcome of this match, having in mind that the visitors had more of the ball control and actually did a bit more in offense.
Still, Granada was very efficient, taking the lead in 27th minute with a goal from Pereira, while Lomban doubled up their lead at the start of the season halftime. Sevilla struggled to respond even though they created chances, they could only reduce the deficit towards the end of the match with a goal from Ben Yedder from the penalty kick in fifth minute of additional time.
Visitors from Granada should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Boga and Carcela-Gonzalez on the wings, plus Kravets as central striker. Dimitri Foulquier is available after an injury problem, while doubtful for this match remains offensive midfielder/forward Jon Toral (4/0). Defenders Ruben Vezo (9/0) and Tito (9/0) are injured, while doubtful also remains midfielder Rene Krhin (5/0) with a knee injury.
- Malaga have won their last 5 home matches (La Liga).
- Malaga have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home matches against Granada.
Malaga are on a four-game undefeated run in Primera and have won last two in front of own fans. Hosts are doing pretty well at the moment and with Granada coming here after their first victory of the season, I definitely see home team as a victorious one here. It would be simply too much for Granada to pull out another positive result, while Malaga anyway remains favorite and a team with more individual quality.