Espanyol have had a roller-coaster campaign this season and the fact their form has seen quite a few stumbling blocks on various distinct occasions throughout the year prevented the Budgerigars from battling it out for a place in European competitions next term.
Yet, the Catalans will have the chance to at least finish the season on a high since they are to play the rock-bottomed and already relegated Malaga side on the penultimate Matchday at their RCDE Stadium. The match comes just a week after Quique Sanchez Flores’ side became the first team to beat Atletico Madrid this season at Wanda Metropolitano. Such success made it seven out of nine possible points from last three league games for Espanyol.
Espanyol vs Malaga: Head-to-head
Espanyol earned the lead in the H2H tie with Malaga thanks to a narrow 0-1 win at Estadio La Rosaleda back from January this year when the teams first met this season.
Overall, the Budgerigars are unbeaten in last 11 matches against Malaga, winning four of last seven.
The Anchovies failed to find the net in each of last two matches against Espanyol.
Espanyol vs Malaga: Prediction
Malaga have indeed been the weakest side in Primera Division this season and they completely deserved to finish the campaign at the very foot of the league ladder. The Anchovies fell 0-3 at home to Deportivo Alaves seven days ago making it five defeats in last six matches in La Liga.
Espanyol conceded just once in last three league ties, including the 0-2 victory over Atletico Madrid away in the Spanish capital last time out. Flores won’t have significant woes with the list of sidelined players ahead of Malaga’s visit which is why we can’t ignore the 1.61 odds offered for Espanyol to make it three wins and a draw in last four games.
We will alternatively back the hosts’ predator Gerard Moreno to score anytime against the rock-bottomed side at the odds of 1.66.