Malaga vs Las Palmas.
Spanish La Liga, Matchday 38;
Date: Sunday, 15-May-2016;
Kick-Off: 11:00 GMT;
Venue: Estadio La Rosaleda.
Malaga and Las Palmas face-off in their final La Liga fixture of the season at La Rosaleda on Sunday evening and either of the teams would want to win to achieve a respectable finish in the league standings.
The hosts of Sunday evening, Malaga are 9th in the league table with 45 points, while Las Palmas are 10th with 44 points in their first season after winning promotion to the Spanish top flight football league. Malaga are not in good form as they had won just once in their last 7 games. They have also lost in 3 of their last 5 and failed to score in each of those defeats. Their home is slightly better with 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in their last 5.
Las Palmas will be more than happy with their state in the league standings in their very first season after promotion. But they also suffered a sudden dip in form in the final few weeks and failed to win in 4 of their last 5 games. They have failed to win in their last two, after losing 3-2 away to Granada and drawing 0-0 against Bilbao last week. Las Palmas have lost in each of their last two away games, which ended their 4 match winning streak on the road.
Malaga: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Ochoa – Torres, Weligton, Albentosa, Ricca – Castro, Camacho, Recio, Juanpi – Cop, Charles.
Las Palmas: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Lizoain – Garcia, Bigas, Lemos, Castellano – Roque, Hernan, Viera – Jose, Zhar, Wakaso.
Malaga vs Las Palmas: Head-to-Head
The teams have played against each other in competitive matches on 11 occasions; Malaga won 4, Las Palmas won 2 and 5 were draws.
Malaga haven’t lost a match at home to Las Palamas and their record in 5 meetings reads 3 wins and 2 draw. They are also on a 2 match winning run at home against Las Palmas.
The first leg clash of this season’s La Liga ended in a 1-1, a 51 minute goal by Tana for Las Palmas was cancelled by a Roque Santa Cruz goal in the 72nd minute.
Malaga vs Las Palmas: Prediction
There is little to choose between the teams on paper as they prepare to finish the season with a win. Las Palmas had lost in each of their last two away matches, but they were on a 4 match winning streak prior to that which show how dangerous they can be at times. Malaga are a better side at home, but they need to be on top of their game to deny an unpredictable Las Palmas.
This will be a low scoring affair, a 1-1 draw is very much on the cards, but if anyone is going to edge a win, it will be Malaga.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals.
Recommended Bet: Double Chance Malaga (Win/Draw).