Both sides failed to score in last weekend’s fixtures as Málaga were defeated against Deportivo whilst Valencia were held by Sevilla at the Mestalla. These two clubs aren’t really playing for anything as they have both eased relegation concerns with important results over the past month. Málaga will be looking to make it two home wins on the bounce following their impressive win over Barcelona a fortnight ago.
LAST TIME OUT
Deportivo 2-0 Málaga
Málaga couldn’t build on their fantastic victory over Barcelona as Deportivo proved to be too strong on the day. The visitors managed to keep it goalless in the first-half but all the defensive work was undone in the opening two minutes of the second half as the hosts opened the scoring. Deportivo made it 2-0 after Málaga failed to deal with a cross and Camacho almost got them back into the game but his sensational strike rattled off the crossbar.
Valencia 0-0 Sevilla
The hosts were desperately unlucky not to come away with the three points last weekend against Sevilla. The main reason why Valencia failed to score was the efforts of Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico as he denied Orellana from scoring a sensational strike and he also kept out Zaza in the second half. Munir also saw his first half header cleared off the line but Valencia were lucky that Diego Alves wasn’t penalised for taking out N’Zonzi on the edge of the area in the latter stages of the match.
Juanpi is a slight doubt for this match but he should be fit enough to feature against Valencia this weekend.
It must have been a great sight for Valencia fans to see Portuguese winger Nani get back on the pitch last weekend. He might not be fit enough to start but he should get some minutes on his road to recovery.
Málaga's poor home form
One area that Málaga need to work on for next season is their home form. The Andalusians produced a phenomenal display to roll over Barcelona a fortnight ago but it was certainly a result against the grain as that was Málaga’s first victory at home in four league matches. The Rosaleda hasn’t been a fortress this season but this will be one of the last games at the ground this season and they’ll want to go out on a high this weekend.
This encounter sees two of the most ill-disciplined sides in La Liga go head to head. Málaga have received the most red cards out of any team in the league with seven to their name. Valencia have picked up six red cards this season and received 88 yellow cards in the process. Both clubs don’t have too many malicious players in their lineup but both tend to find themselves defensively exposed and last ditch challenges often means red. Let’s hope the match will end with 11 players on both teams.
Valencia lead head to head record
Málaga’s record against Valencia in the league over recent years have been dismal. The Andalusian side have only managed one victory in eight La Liga matches against Valencia and that came in the 2014/15 season with a 1-0 at the Rosaleda. Both sides played out a very entertaining 2-2 draw earlier this season at the Mestalla and with both teams with nothing to lose, we might be able to see something similar this weekend.
PREDICTION: Málaga 1-1 Valencia
I can’t see Málaga improving on their poor record against Valencia this weekend. I’m predicting a score draw at the Rosaleda and I hope both sides play with freedom as both have nothing to play for in the league. I’ve gone for a 1-1 draw because in Carlos Kameni and Diego Alves, both sides possess two outstanding goalkeepers.
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