Málaga will do battle with guests Albacete at Estadio La Rosaleda in this La Liga 2 game on Sunday.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for Málaga v Albacete (including the best match odds).
Málaga will want to continue from where they left off last time out with the 0-1 La Liga 2 success over CD Lugo.
In that game, Málaga had 48% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Málaga was David Lombán (84'). At the other end, CD Lugo had 10 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
Fewer than three goals per match were recorded in 5 of the past 6 meetings where Málaga have been involved. With regard to the goal attribution during that period, opposing sides scored an aggregate of 5 while Los Boquerones got themselves 6. We shall soon see whether or not that trend will be sustained into this next match.
Their past results show that Málaga:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Albacete in their previous 2 matches.
- are winless against Albacete in their last 3 league matches.
- are without a home win in the past 2 matches in the league.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Espanyol in La Liga 2 action, Albacete and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that match, Albacete managed 47% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 on target. Espanyol got 9 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Raúl de Tomás (39', 95') and Fernando Calero (64') scored for Espanyol.
The stats tell the story, and Albacete have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 9 goals in total. At the back, Queso Mecánico could really do with shoring things up.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Albacete:
- haven't beaten Málaga when they've played them away from home in the last 3 matches in the league.
- have not won away from home in their last 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 30/03/2008 shows us that Málaga have won 2 of them & Albacete 1, with the number of drawn games standing at 3.
A total of 9 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 5 of them from Los Boquerones and 4 netted by Queso Mecánico. That is an average goals per game value of 1.5.
The previous league match featuring these clubs was La Liga 2 match day 20 on 03/01/2021 which ended up with the score at Albacete 1-1 Málaga.
That time, Albacete had 41% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 3 on target. The scorer was Alfredo Ortuño (53').
At the other end, Málaga got 11 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Jairo Samperio (50') scored.
The referee was Jon Ander González Esteban.
Team News: Málaga
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the lone fitness concern for the Málaga boss Sergio Pellicer to be concerned with from a near full-strength set of players. Iván Calero (Ruptured knee ligament) will miss out. Iván Calero cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: Albacete
Owing to a fully healthy group available for selection, Albacete manager Alejandro Menéndez doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of before this game.
Our feeling is that Albacete will likely be able to find the back of the net against this Málaga team, although that might not be enough to prevent defeat.
We can see a narrow 2-1 win for Málaga when all is said and done. It’s a very tough call.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio La Rosaleda (30,044)
Captain: David Lombán
Chairman: José María Muñoz Jiménez
Manager: Sergio Pellicer
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 9
🔑 Key Man: Luis Muñoz
Normally used in the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Luis Muñoz was born in Málaga, Spain. After having played his first senior match for Málaga in the 2016 - 2017 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has struck 5 league goals in this LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 27 appearances.