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Malaga vs Espanyol - Match Preview

07 Jan 2018 Ed Mackey SPAIN: LaLiga
SPAIN: LaLiga

Malaga CF

  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

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Kick-off
20:00 GMT
08 January 2018

Espanyol Barcelona

  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
20:00 GMT 08 January 2018

As the 2017/18 La Liga campaign nears the halfway mark, two of the division’s struggling sides face off on Monday night. Malaga host Espanyol as they look to lift themselves out of the relegation zone, they’re currently 19th. Espanyol need to be careful that they too aren’t being dragged into a relegation dogfight as they sit 15th, with just five points separating them from the drop zone.

STATS

  • Malaga are having a dreadful season and the last place they would have wanted to be at this stage is in the bottom three. They have picked up just four points from their last five games, which isn’t actually too bad when compared to their form from the rest of the season. They were narrowly beaten 1-0 by fellow strugglers, Alaves in their last league match, a match they needed to win ideally.
  • Espanyol are slowly starting to pull away from the relegation battle with some decent results. They have won two and drawn one of their last five matches, form that should keep them in the top-flight. They picked up a huge three points in their last game, beating Atletico 1-0 with an 88th-minute winner from Sergio Garcia, a result which will give them a lot of confidence.
  • Malaga have lacked end product this term, one of the reasons why they’re one of the favourites to go down. Their leading scorers are Chory Castro and Diego Rolan, who both have three goals in the league.
  • Meanwhile, Gerard Moreno is enjoying a good season in front of goal with seven goals, eight players have more than the Spaniard in La Liga.

HEAD TO HEAD

The recent record between these two sides doesn’t make good reading for Malaga fans as they have failed to beat Espanyol at the last 10 attempts. Their last victory against them came in March 2012, over five years ago when a certain Philippe Coutinho played for Espanyol! They are yet to have played each other this term but the last time they faced off, a single goal was enough to separate them as Pablo Piatti scored, what turned out to be the winner, in the 17th minute. Malaga have scored just three goals in the last five meetings.

MALAGA NEWS

One of Malaga’s main problems this season has been their injury crisis. They currently have 13 players who have either just recovered from an injury or who are still recovering. Juankar, Miguel Torres and Adrian Gonzalez are three players who are definitely injured and won’t feature while Luis Hernandez is suspended for the clash.

Latest matches: Malaga CF

04.01.2018 Club Malaga CF Hamburger SV 1:2 L
21.12.2017 LaLi CD Alaves Malaga CF 1:0 L
18.12.2017 LaLi Malaga CF Betis Sevilla 0:2 L
10.12.2017 LaLi Real Sociedad Malaga CF 0:2 W
01.12.2017 LaLi Malaga CF Levante UD 0:0 D

ESPANYOL NEWS

A win by two or more goals for the visitors take them 13th and possibly even higher if they were to score a serious amount of goals. They are without Jairo Morillas while Oscar Duarte is a major doubt. Sergio Sanchez could make a return after his injury.

Latest matches: Espanyol Barcelona

04.01.2018 Copa Espanyol Barcelona Levante UD 1:2 L
22.12.2017 LaLi Espanyol Barcelona Atletico Madrid 1:0 W
17.12.2017 LaLi Las Palmas UD Espanyol Barcelona 2:2 D
11.12.2017 LaLi Espanyol Barcelona Girona FC 0:1 L
03.12.2017 LaLi SD Eibar Espanyol Barcelona 3:1 L

SUMMARY

Espanyol will fancy their chances of coming away with a victory in this one and why shouldn’t they, coming up against one of the league’s weakest sides. Malaga need a win and will hopefully be fired up to win in front of their own fans but it is certainly Espanyol’s game to lose, they should have too much quality to overcome the hosts.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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