La Liga Preview: Valencia vs. Malaga

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Updated: August 29, 2014
Malaga

Match Date: 29 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Mestalla

 

Valencia showed grit when pulled off a late equalizer against Sevilla. Now that they are playing in Mestalla, expect a stronger and better squad to enter the pitch.

 

The contenders

Valencia

Valencia enjoys all the confidence booster that it needs during its upcoming match against Malaga. First, it will be playing in its own ground and lastly, the hair raising draw that it pulled off against Sevilla is more than enough to banish all their fears.

 

The squad, however, needs to deal with the absence of several players. Shkodran Mustafi is still nursing an injury and a muscle strain plagues Rodrigo.

 

On the other hand, Rodrigo De Paul  will not be also sidelined in the said encounter. De Paul is serving a 4-match ban for elbowing Aleix Vidal.

 

Malaga

Malaga will also miss some of its players during the upcoming match. The online betting favorite is also facing the consequences of getting a booking. Vitorino Antunes and Duda shall be forced to watch the game in the sidelines.

 

On the other hand, Francisco Portillo will not make it to the pitch as well due to an ankle injury.

 

Yet, despite the absence of the said players, Malaga’s narrow victory over the Champions League participant, Athletic Bilbao was enough to give an ounce of inspiration.

 

Possible head turners

Luis Alberto missed the penalty during the Atlehtic Bilbao match, but he also scored the winning goal for Malaga. Against Valencia, many are expecting him to take be more clinical in taking shots.
As for Valencia’s side, Daniel Parejo is expected to step up his game and take more shots to ensure victory.

 

What the odds say

Valencia stands as the match’s top pick and is valued to win at a profitable 1.50 in 12BET.

 

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