La Liga Match Preview: Malaga vs. Sevilla

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Updated: January 28, 2014
Sevilla

Match Date: 01 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio La Rosaleda

 

Malaga

Barcelona returned to the top spot at the expense of Malaga. The sides’ most recent battle saw the leaders earn a clean sheet from Los Boquerones, despite working on a very trying week following the surprise resignation of club president Sandro Rosell.

 

Gerard Pique put the squad on the lead before the break and then Pedro Rodriguez and Alexis Sanchez netted around the hour mark with one goal apiece to seal the scoring.  In spite of Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero’s numerous saves, he was unable to avert Barca’s overpowering attacks.

 

Malaga are running a fourth consecutive La Liga week without a win. The only time they earned a point within this streak was when they have drawn with Valencia at the Estadio La Rosaleda. But even so, it ended as a goalless match. To date, Malaga have only won five times and scored deadlocks six times. They are only two points adrift of the relegation zone.

 

Sevilla

It was a shame for Sevilla to be trounced by supposedly inferior Levante. The winners pulled off an unexpected 3-2 victory from a fixture that saw them and their opponents display a thriller.

 

Coke opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark for Unai Emery’s side but David Barral fired an equalizer a few minutes later from the penalty spot. The Sevillistas bombed their opponents with plenty of attacks but were continuously denied by the more impressive saves of Keylor Navas. On the 68th minute, Ivan Rakitic claimed back the lead for Sevilla but Loukas Vyntra was quick to cancel this out. Simao Junior struck the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

 

Sevilla are currently a spot short of entering the Europa League qualifying positions, with 31 points under their belt and 39 goals scored.

 

Football betting tip: Apart from having the better capability to create scoring chances, Sevilla are also more equipped at converting those opportunities than Malaga. Expect the visitors thrash their hosts on a clean sheet.

 

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