Fighting to escape from the relegation zone, Malaga will open this Friday, December 1, the fourteenth round of the Spanish Championship in its 2017/2018 season. In the stadium La Rosaleda, in Malaga, receives the Levante. The start of the duel is scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
Málaga’s recent performance
After a disastrous start to the season, Málaga show signs of improvement. In the last five matches, he got two wins. However, the performance has been insufficient both in the Spanish Championship and in the King’s Cup.
In LaLiga, with seven points (two wins, one draw and ten losses), the team appears in eighteenth place, the first in the relegation zone. Situation even more uncomfortable when it is made to with La Coruña, seventeenth place and first outside the region of the sticking. The Galician team has five points in front. That means that even if you beat Malaga you will not be able to leave the block of the last three places.
On Tuesday, November 28, Málaga also failed in the King’s Cup. In the return match by the fourth stage, at home, was in the draw with Numancia, of the Second Division of the Spanish Championship, by 1 to 1. As there was lost the first game, in the rival’s house, by 2 to 1, ended up being eliminated.
The situation of coach Jose Miguel Gonzalez is further complicated when the possible casualties are analyzed. In a rather lean and technical level questionable enough, it is very likely that he can not count for the match on Friday with defender Miguel Torres (a game in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal); and socks Zdravko Kuzmanovic (five games, no goal) and Federico Ricca (five games, no goal). They are delivered to the medical department for the treatment of injury and depend on a new evaluation to see if they will be able to be available to the coach.
The current form of the Levante
Far from being brilliant, the Levante is able to fulfill its goals in season. In the Spanish Championship, he skidded the previous day. At home, took 5 to 0 of Atletico Madrid. Despite the lengthy score, the loss to a leading team can not be considered a surprise.
With 15 points (three wins, six draws and four losses), the Levante occupies the fourteenth position. More than double the score of Malaga, which opens the relegation zone. This gives tranquility to the club whose only viable goal in the face of their investment capacity is even strive for staying in the elite division of Spanish football.
Levante were also successful in the King’s Cup. In front of Girona, a First Division team-mate, tied for a 1-1 draw at home on Tuesday. It was enough to manage the advantage gained with the victory, away, by 2 to 0, and secure the place in the round of 16.
Coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz also has medical problems for Friday’s duel. They are in the infirmary the defender Ivan Lopez (three games in Spanish Championship 2017/2018, without goal); the midfielder Sasa Lucic (without performances); and the attackers Alex Alegria (nine games, no goal) and Marti Roger (without performances).
History of the matches Málaga and Levante
Malaga got the better of their two most recent matches against Levante. The games, however, were held in the 2015/2016 season. As a visitor, the team scored 1 – 0. At home, it won 3-1.
Málaga can not avoid a more offensive strategy. He needs to win to maintain his hopes of fighting for the Spanish division’s main division, especially against a rival in this battle.
The problem is that the technical and tactical pattern of his team is not able to fuel many hopes of success. This makes the tranquil Levante, being able to wait for the rival’s despair to exploit the counterattacks, is the best guess. It has a price of 4,50 in Rivalo. Draw pays 3.60 and success of home owners yields 1.80 per 1.