Sevilla vs Malaga by Neuro
Even though they were already winning from the first leg played away from home to Granada with a 2:1 score in Copa del Rey round, Sevilla didn't risk anything and played up to their full potential defeated the opponent in the second leg as well, this time with a 4:0 result. Quality difference was obvious from the first moment, with Gameiro scoring twice, while Aspas and Suarez added one goal each.
Apart from these two victories, Sevilla also has two consecutive victories in Primera as well, hitting a good form in last two months, being also undefeated in last nine matches. That good form saw the team climbing up to the fourth position, now only six points away from the leaders from Real Madrid. Currently, they are only two points away from Atletico Madrid that stands at third place which gives direct ticket to Champions League. Central defender Nico Pareja (18/1) is suspended for this game, while defensive midfielder Sebastian Cristoforo remains injured from the start of the season. Midfielder Piotr Trochowski recovered from his injury and is doubtful here, but even he plays, it won't be for much time as the player is surely out of form. Left back Benoit Tremoulinas (7/0) is also doubtful with injury concern, while defensive midfielder Stephane M'Bia (15/6) won't play being at African Cup of Nations.
Malaga progressed to the next stage of Copa del Rey competition, despite their 3:2 defeat in the returning leg away to Levante during the midweek. They took 2:0 victory in the first leg at home and generally, were safe to progress to the next stage, as they were leading 2:0 at the end of the first halftime against Levante.
Their concentration fell in the second half, with the team conceding three goals within fourteen minutes, but even so they were safe with the qualification when Levante took the lead in 85th minute and stood with a man less couple of minutes later. As for the Primera, team is just below the European tickets, being currently at seventh place with a point less than Villarreal and five points less than Champions League placed Sevilla. Central defender Sergio Sanchez (12/0) is doubtful for this game, same as other central defender Wellington (14/0). Defensive midfielder Ignacio Camacho (15/2) is close to return from injury, but will stay sidelined for this one, same as long term absences defenders Roberto Chen and Flavio Ferreira who both didn't play a single minute this season.
Sevilla comes from four consecutive victories into this game and is surely in much better form than their opponents. Malaga is nowhere close to reliable performances and can't be considered as a completely competitive team here. Easy or hard, Sevilla should get all three points here, could easily be with a clean sheet as well.