Preview - Malaga vs Valencia 18 Feb

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Match Day 25
Malaga vs Valencia
Sunday, February 18th, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: La Rosaleda

Malaga:
Last five matches: L L D D L
Average goals per match: 0.6
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Castro (3)
   
Valencia: 
Last five matches: W L L L L
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Simone Zaza (10)

It is hard to believe that last season Malaga finished one spot over Valencia in the La Liga table, but it's true. This season, the two clubs are having opposite seasons: one is fighting for Champions League qualification, the other fighting to fend off relegation. Valencia recruited well in the summer and got stronger on the field; Malaga, however, was forced to sell key players and became a weakened side because they were unable to find suitable replacements.

Malaga dismissed Michel earlier this year but new coach Jose Gonzalez has not brought in positive results either--Gonzalez has only managed to earn Malaga two points from four matches. Their upcoming schedule looks grueling, with the Andalusians having to face off with Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona in the upcoming weeks.

Valencia hit a rocky patch of games recently, managing winning only one and losing six of their last seven games. They pulled off the derby victory versus Levante last weekend thanks to some poor refereeing.

Malaga have the league's worst scoring record, and their defense has been pretty porous. But Valencia aren't the juggernaut they were earlier in the year. Neither side is exactly brimming with confidence. But given how poor Malaga have looked this season, it will likely be Valencia who return home with the victory.

Prediction: Malaga 0-1 Valencia

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Feb 18, 2018, 06:44 AM Last Edit: Feb 18, 2018, 09:17 AM by aaguerra90
Half Time: 1-0
Full Time: 1-2
Shots: 9-10
Shots on target: 3-3
Corner Kicks: 7-2
Possession: 33-67

Valencia managed to come out on top away at Malaga in a match that should have been easily won by Los Che. Thankfully for the players and Marcelino they were able to come away with the win late in the match.

26 minutes into the game Malaga took the lead with a goal from Ideye. From a corner kick Brown Ideye was able to find the ball and take a close ranged right footed shot that beat Neto. That was his first goal for the Andalusians. The first half finished 1-0 in favor of Malaga with them having played a better half than their visitors.

The second half began as the first half did with neither side making any changes. In the 55th minute, from a free kick, Malaga thought to have scored their second of the match thanks to another close range shot, this time from Diego Gonzalez. However En Nesyri appeared to have fouled a defender leaving the referee no option but to whistle a foul against Malaga.

The equalizer would come in the 80th minute from a corner. Coquelin met the ball in the front post and was able to sneak a header over Roberto.

Valencia's second goal came from the penalty spot. A brilliant pass through the defense and into the box by Guedes found Rodrigo and Ignasi Miquel had no other option than to try and grab onto the Spanish international. The referee signaled for a penatly kick and Miquel earned himself a red card. Daniel Parejo calmly stepped up to take the spot kick and smashed a shot to the left side past Roberto. With this late goal Valencia managed to secure the victory and take home all three points.

The victory keeps Valencia  in the fight for a Champions League spot for next season. They are currently in 3rd place, 6 points behind Atletico and 4 points above Real Madrid.

Malaga continue in their bad form and remain at the bottom of the table with only 13 points.

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