A beating in free fall is Malaga’s rival, who is in the relegation zone and will not leave in the sixteenth round of the Spanish Championship on Monday, December 18. The match that ends the day will be played at the La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga. The kickoff is scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
Málaga’s recent performance
Despite being in a much lower position on the leaderboard, Malaga show an upward trajectory in the most recent clashes. Of the last 15 points disputed, it managed to add seven.
Of course this is not a spectacular performance, but the score was more than twice that of the previous 10 games. Due to this catastrophic start, Malaga is in the relegation zone. He started the sixteenth round in the nineteenth (penultimate) position with ten points (three wins, two draws and ten losses).
Recent progress was made right at La Rosaleda, where the club had a three-game losing streak (one draw and three defeats). To try to increase this series, coach Jose Miguel Gonzales must leave to set the starting team in the last hour. There are a number of players in injury treatment and must wait for a new assessment from the medical department that will determine whether or not they can act.
In this list are the defender Miguel Torres (a game in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, no goal); and Juan Carlos (ten games without a goal), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (five games without a goal), Federico Rica (five games without a goal) and Diego Rolan (nine games, three goals).
The current form of Betis
The trajectory of the Betis is opposite. The team collected 16 of the 18 points (five wins, three draws and seven losses) that have in the Spanish Championship in the first ten rounds. In the five most recent, scored with two draws and suffered three defeats. Thus, after being able to appear in the zone of classification for European tournaments, it fell to the twelfth position.
It is too early to call the warning against relegation. The difference of the Sevilla alviverde to the first team in the region of the sticking before the beginning of the sixteenth round was of six points. Half the difference in comparison to Villarreal, which closed the zone of classification for continental tournaments.
However, the series of seven games without a win (two draws and five losses), which includes elimination in the Copa del Rey at home, against the small Cadiz is certainly disturbing the sleep of coach Quique Setien, who started the season with a system offensive, but decided to change his strategy.
You’re right about that. Although the attack was working satisfactorily having reached 23 goals in the first rounds, a number of goals higher than, for example, Sevilla (19), fifth placed, and Villarreal (22), the defense was weakened. It took 29 goals. Average of almost two per game.
That has improved in the last two games. Against Atletico Madrid and Las Palmas, Bétis conceded only one goal in each match. However, the attack did not work and the team was left empty-handed showing that Setien has yet to find the balance between the sectors.
To face Malaga, he should also expect a position from the medical department to know if he can count on two absolute holders. They are in the infirmary Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado (15 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, one goal) and Paraguayan striker Antonio Sanabria (12 matches, seven goals). Also in injury treatment is Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell (three games, one goal).
History of matches between Málaga and Bétis
Betis defeated Malaga in the two meetings they had last season of LaLiga. In Seville, by 1 to 0. In Malaga, the score was 2 to 1 for the alviverde.
The recent improvement of income of Malaga coupled with the factor home make the team is considered the best option for the game that complements on Monday the sixteenth round of the Spanish Championship. It has a price of 2.20 in Rivalo. Draw pays 3.40 and success of the Seville team yields 3.30 per real invested.