Malaga vs Granada
Spanish La Liga
Date: Friday, 9th December 2016,
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: La Rosaleda, Malaga.
Malaga are slowly turning the tables in LaLiga on the back of some fine results in recent weeks. They were struggling at the start of the season after losing three of their first four matches. Since then, they have been defeated only once in the last 8. The lone defeat came against title favourites Atletico Madrid, while the rest 7 produced 4 wins and 3 draws.
Their home form need special mention as they have picked up 5 straight wins. Malaga were held to a 2-2 draw at Valencia last weekend, which left them without a win away from home this season.
Granada have finally registered their first league win of the 2016/17 season. And what an opponent to achieve it against! They defeated an inform Sevilla 2-1 at home and looked in complete control throughout the entire 90 minutes. The El Grana are currently 19th in the league table and need a few more wins to take them out of the relegation zone.
Malaga vs Granada: Head-to-head stats
The two league meetings between Granada and Malaga in the 2015/16 season were draws. The corresponding fixture at La Rosaleda end in a 2-2 score line, while both failed to score in the return leg at Granada.
Malaga are unbeaten in the last 5 home matches against Granada with 4 wins and a draw. The La Rosaleda is not a happy hunting ground for Granada as they have conceded 16 goals in five visits.
Malaga vs Granada: Prediction
The Juande Ramos managed side have an excellent record at home in the current campaign and they are coming on the back of 5 straight wins. Also, their recent performances show that they are team in top form.
Granada might have ended their win-less run in the league last weekend, however they play best at home. They have lost in 4 of their 6 away matches this season and will be very cautious on Friday’s encounter. Based on the above stats, it is a very straight forward pick for this fixture to back the home side.
Malaga has scored at least 2 goals in each of their last 5 home games and also each scored the same number of goals in the last 5 home matches against Granada. And all those matches in review have seen over 2.5 goals. So it will be very useful to back them to score over 1.5 team goals in this fixture. And our primary pick for this match will be over 2.5 goals.
Malaga vs Granada: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 match goals at 1.97 (1/1).
Malaga to win at 1.70 (7/10)
Over 1.5 team goals for Malaga at 8/11 (1.72)