Malaga vs Real Sociedad Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

Referee: Antonio Mateu

Kick Off: 19:45 Hrs

Venue: Estadio La Rosaleda

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Malaga vs Real Sociedad Match Prediction

By Charlotte Louise Bushell

Malaga’s winless run in the league stretched to four matches following a 3-1 loss against Celta de Vigo. New boss Marcelo Romero was unable to start with a positive result, as goals from Iago Aspas, Daniel Wass, and Fonte ensured their slide down the table. Real Sociedad also come on the back of a heavy loss, but against title-chasing Sevilla. Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick, and Pablo Sarabia chipped in with a goal to ensure a massive 4-0 home loss for Eusebio’s team.

 

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Malaga Preview

Malaga have one of the worst defensive records of the teams outside the relegation zone, and it is surprising considering that they have been the only team to keep a clean sheet against Barcelona this season. Malaga would be 17th in the table purely based on away form, as the team is yet to win on the road this season. The form at La Rosaleda has been their saviour with the team picking up all of their five league wins at this ground. The primary task for new boss Marcelo Romero will be to stop the slide down the table and secure a first win in all competitions since November. 

 

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Real Sociedad Preview

Real Sociedad’s amazing form during October and November have been a major factor in their push for a top-six place. However, a run of just two wins since December is threatening to push the club down the table. Heavy defeats in the last five games mean that Real Sociedad have one of the poorest defensive records amongst teams in the top 10. Only Celta de Vigo (32) have conceded more goals than Real Sociedad (25) in the top half of the table. Willian Jose is the club’s top scorer by a considerable margin with nine.

 

Total goals more than 2.5 - 1/1 here

Malaga Team News

Miguel Torres (thigh) and Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Achilles' tendon) are the players unavailable for Romero’s team. Federico Ricca (muscle) and Sandro (shoulder) are doubtful for the game. Youssef En-Nesyri is away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

 

Real Sociedad Team News

Carlos Martinez (cruciate ligament) and Mikel González (thigh) are the injury worries for Real Sociedad, while Carlos Vela and Raul Navas are doubtful.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

New boss Romero will be glad to return to home comforts, as Malaga are unbeaten in the last six home matches. In fact, they have suffered just one loss in eight home matches so far. Real Sociedad may not fear this formidable home record, as they have won three out of the last five away games. Real Sociedad possess one of the better away records this season. Their last six trips to La Rosaleda have yielded three wins. This time around, though, I expect Malaga’s home form to help them secure a draw.

Four out of five games involving Malaga have witnessed more than 2.5 goals, while Real Sociedad have seen a similar occurrence in three of their last five league matches. I would expect both teams to be involved in a high scoring encounter once again.

Draw – 23/10

Total goals more than 2.5 – 1/1

 

Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Carlos Kameni 188 86
7 RB Juan Carlos 179 72
4 CD Mikel Villanueva 190 81
29 CD Luis Munoz - -
18 LB Roberto Rosales 174 67
11 CM Gonzalo Castro 176 76
6 CDM Ignacio Camacho 182 75
31 CM Pablo Fornals 178 67
17 CDM Duda 175 73
8 CM Michael Santos 175 68
19 CF Sandro Ramirez 175 71
No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Geronimo Rulli 189 80
19 RB Yuri Berchiche 181 77
6 CD Inigo Martinez 181 77
15 CD Aritz Elustondo 178 72
29 LB Alvaro Odriozola 175 -
8 CM Esteban Granero 180 77
17 CM David Zurutuza 184 78
10 CM Xabier Prieto 185 77
12 CF Willian Jose 186 87
7 LF Juanmi 169 63
18 RF Mikel Oyarzabal 180 77