Numancia vs Malaga
Spanish Segunda Division
Date: Monday, 18 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos (Numancia).
Neither Numancia nor Malaga will enter the last game of Matchday No 30 high on confidence. The hosts took just one point from last two league fixtures against mid-table Sporting Gijon (a 1-2 loss) and bottom-half Tenerife (a 1-1 draw on the road). They are still on a pretty safe distance from the red zone being six points above the line, but a potential negative spell of form could halt their ambitions of saving the second division status.
Malaga are aiming to return to the top flight of Spanish football. They currently hold the fourth position in the league ladder and are six points shy of second-placed Granada (top two teams earn direct promotion to elite class). Nevertheless, Boquerones struggled with the lack of attacking creativity of late as they found the back of the net only twice during the three-game winless run.
Numancia vs Malaga: Head-to-head
Malaga took a confident 2-0 victory when these two sides battled it out in the first half of the season at Estadio La Rosaleda.
Just one of past five head to head outings saw three or more goals scored.
Numancia were, however, much more successful in the history of H2H games at Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos where they won 5, drew 2 and lost just 1 of 8 games against Malaga (12-6 goal difference in the process).
Numancia vs Malaga: Prediction
Malaga desperately need a win here to bring the negative streak to an end and keep ground on the likes of Osasuna and Granada in the battle for the very top of the standings and an automatic promotion to Primera Division.
Numancia were by no means impressive so far in the season and their only hope is a decent home record in H2H games with Boquerones. You can back Malaga not to lose at 1.45 as a pretty safe betting option, while the draw is realistically the most likable of three outcomes and we will go for it at 2.87.
Numancia vs Malaga: Bet Tips
Malaga or Draw @ 1.45 (9/20)
Draw @ 2.87 (15/8).