By David Goulbourn

When: 7:00PM EST, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Where: La Rosaleda Stadium, Malaga CF, Spain

Betting Line: OFF

TV Coverage: beIN SPORTS Connect


Malaga CF (8-9-15) welcome Valencia CF (11-7-14) to La Rosaleda Stadium on Saturday in a La Liga clash which sees the teams in 15th and 11th place face off against each other. The last time these 2 sides met was in November when they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Mestalla Stadium. Valencia CF goals for Rodrigo and Alvaro Medran were sandwiched by goals in the 3rd and 93rd minutes for Malaga CF midfielder Pablo Formals.

Malaga CF come into this game sitting 15th in the table and are 11 points clear of the relegation zone with 6 games to play. Manager Michel knows that has side are probably already safe from the threat of relegation, but he will be looking for at least 1 or 2 more victories this season for peace of mind. Valencia CF currently sit comfortably in mid-table on 40 points and are 18 points clear of the relegation zone. They will have their sights set on a top half finish and currently sit 4 points Celta Vigo in 10th place.

Valencia CF

Valencia CF come into this game in fine form having gone unbeaten in their last 4 games. Their recent winning run which saw victories over Deportivo La Coruna, Celta Vigo and Granada CF came to an end last time out against Sevilla when the sides drew 0-0 at The Mestalla Stadium. The recent upturn in form has come at a key time for manager Voro as he looks to finish as high up the table as possible and convince owner Peter Lim that he is the right man to take Valencia CF forward and attempt to return them to their former glories. Munir El Haddadi remains Valencia CF’s top scorer with just 6 goals this season; 3 of which have come in his last 6 games.

Malaga CF

Malaga CF come into this game in inconsistent form with 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw from their last 5 games. Last time out they lost 2-0 to Deportivo La Coruna following their shock 2-0 victory over Barcelona the week before. That win against Barcelona all but sealed their safety in La Liga for another season and gifted new manager Michel just his second victory since he took over as manager. Malaga CF have a number of injuries and Kuzmanovic and Miguel Torres are both expected to miss out after picking up injuries. Malaga CF will be looking to Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez to add to his tally of 9 goals for the season and he remains the clubs top scorer in La Liga.

Key Points

1. Only 3 teams in La Liga are in better form than Valencia CF over the last 5 games (Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona).

2. Valencia CF have conceded the most goals of any team that is not in the relegation zone this season (54).

3. Only 5 teams have scored less goals than Malaga CF this season (Osasuna, Granada CF, Sporting Gijon, Leganes and Real Betis).

The Pick

This is a game that could go either way, but Valencia CF have looked solid recently and I’d be backing them to get a result here on Saturday.

Valencia CF 2, Málaga CF 1

La Liga , soccer