Malaga vs Valencia by Jimeno
After two victories in a row, away from home against Gijon and in front of own fans against Barcelona, Malaga failed to build up on these performances and impress even further last weekend, as the team suffered 2:0 defeat on Saturday evening in a visit to Deportivo La Coruna.
However, it must be said that they didn't look that bad, having some decent chances and ball possession in the first halftime, ut weren't enough concrete, while the players of Deportivo hit them well in the second part on counter-attacks. Joselu brought them into the lead in 47th minute and even though Malaga increased their tempo, they were soon back in the scoreline with two goals down in 67th via Mosquera, with the team having no proper way to respond further. Malaga is now at fifteenth position with eleven points more than relegating Gijon and can feel pretty safe regarding relegation troubles.
Malaga should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Ramirez as central striker, plus Juankar, Fonrals and Keko as offensive midfielders. Federico Ricca is available again after serving suspension, while the hosts have Diego Llorente set as doubtful with minor hamstring problem, but should be okay to start - similar to Miguel Torres. Injured remain defensive midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic (4/0), central defender Bakary Kone (7/0), as well as offensive midfielders Juanpi (22/2) and Adalberto Penaranda (9/0).
Valencia, on the other side, took only a point in a goalless game last Sunday evening at home against Sevilla, as the team broke their positive mini run of three previous victories (against Celta, Deportivo and Granada), but still surely remain content with their form as it was a point against rock solid and one of the best teams in LaLiga.
It needs to be said that actually the match itself wasn't very interesting one, with the players of Sevilla having more of the ball possession, but with home team actually being somehow more concrete. As said, this was fourth consecutive match without a defeat for Valencia, as the side climbed up to the table now to 12th position, however being off from European battles since they are thirteen points below sixth placed Bilbao.
Visitors from Valencia will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Haddadi and Orellana on the wings, plus Zaza as central striker. Left full back Jose Gaya has a hamstring problem and is doubtful, similar to central defender Aymen Abdennour, their central defender. Injured remains forward Rodrigo Moreno (15/4).
- Malaga have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Valencia.
- Valencia have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Malaga.
Quite an open game is what I expect from this clash and probably with visiting side being closer to get the victory. Valencia are undefeated in last four LaLiga matches and shouldn't suffer a loss here. I see players of Valencia being in a better momentum, both offensively and defensively and the value is surely on their side, at least in my eyes.