Málaga are Alava’s rivals this Thursday, December 21, in an attempt by the club not to turn the year in the relegation zone of the Spanish 2017/2018 season. Scheduled to begin at 18:30 (Brasilia time), the match, which is part of the tournament’s seventeenth round schedule, will be held at the Mendizorrotza stadium in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Alaves’ recent performance
After a disastrous start to the season, Alavés changed coaching and started a reaction winning three straight games. However, they failed to keep up the sequence against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital on Saturday, 16 December. Lost by 1 to 0.
It went on, in this way, in the relegation zone. With 12 points (four games and 12 losses), he is in eighteenth position. It has three points of disadvantage in comparison with Deportivo La Coruna, which is the seventh and first outside the region of the sticking.
So, not to finish 2017 in this awkward situation, Alavés need to overcome Malaga on Thursday and hope La Coruna will be beaten at home by Celta on Saturday, December 23, in a match that will put an end to the day of number 17. Then, the tournament will be paralyzed until January 6.
Although not the most likely, neither combination of results can be considered the most difficult. However, Alavés initially has to do its part. For this, coach Abelardo may not be able to count on two athletes who have been used frequently in the tournament. Brazilian defender Rodrigo Ely (13 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship) and striker Ruben Sobrino (eight games, no goal) are handed over to the medical department.
The current form of Malaga
Malaga know they will start 2018 in the relegation zone. Your chance to leave this group later this year by losing, on Monday, December 18, at home, 2-0 to Betis. Parked in the 11 points (three wins, two draws and 11 losses) is the nineteenth (penultimate placed) and in the final round of 2017 has the chance to only rise one position.
Even this possibility would be considered a surprise given the club’s terrible performance as a visitor. Of the 24 points played in this situation, managed to win only three (one win and seven draws). He made only four goals in those matches and took 16. It is the worse in this respect compared to the 20 clubs that are in the Spanish Primera Division.
Bruises are also worried by coach Jose Miguel Gonzalez for Thursday’s match. Defender Miguel Torres (a match in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal) is in the process of recovering from injuries; and Juan Carlos (ten games without a goal), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (five games without a goal) and Federico Ricca (five games without a goal).
History of the matches Alavés vs Málaga
After missing out on each other since 2008, the teams have once again crossed paths in the 2017/2018 season in the First Division. The Alavés drew 1-1 at home and defeated the rival in Malaga by 2 to 1.
Although none of the clubs are showing signs of leaving the relegation zone, the recent rise in production and the fact that they can play in their dominions make Alavés the best option for Thursday’s game. Has a prize of 2.05 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.30 and success of Malaga multiplies the investment by 3.70.