Granada are playing on Sunday as the clock ticks down to this imminent Copa del Rey showdown versus Málaga.
Our Málaga v Granada predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (inc. the best betting odds).
Málaga will play in this fixture following on from a 1-1 La Liga 2 draw versus Real Oviedo.
In that match, Málaga managed 49% possession and 7 shots at goal with 1 on target. The scorer for Málaga was Yanis Rahmani (13'). Real Oviedo had 11 shots at goal with 3 on target. Nahuel Leiva (51') scored for Real Oviedo.
Sergio Pellicer's Málaga have seen rewards for their attempts on goal 8 times in their last 6 outings. Conversely, the number of goals that they have conceded in those fixtures stands at 5.
Granada head into the encounter following a 2-0 La Liga win versus Osasuna in their last outing.
In that game, Granada managed 40% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Granada was Luis Suárez (22'). CA Osasuna had 15 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Sergio Herrera (45' Own goal) was the scorer for Osasuna.
The stats tell the story, and Granada have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 10 goals overall. At the back, Nazaríes have not been doing too well.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 28/11/2015 shows that Málaga have won 1 of these & Granada 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 3.
A combined sum of 10 goals were produced between them in this period, with 5 of them for Los Boquerones and 5 being from Nazaríes. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.67.
The last league game between these sides was La Liga 2 match day 33 on 06/04/2019 which finished with the scoreline of Granada 1-0 Málaga.
In that game, Granada managed 58% possession and 11 shots at goal with 3 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Antonio Puertas (5').
For their opponents, Málaga had 12 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target.
The referee was Daniel Trujillo Suárez.
Team News: Málaga
There’s just a single fitness concern for the Málaga boss Sergio Pellicer to be concerned about thanks to an otherwise robust group of players. Iván Calero (Ruptured knee ligament) is out of contention.
Team News: Granada
From a largely available group, there is just a single fitness problem for the Granada gaffer Diego Martínez to be concerned with. Neyder Lozano (Tibia Fracture) misses out for this game.
We’re envisaging that Málaga will need to apply a lot of pressure to get anything against this Granada side who we reckon will get the vital goal that wins it.
Our tip is therefore for a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 winning score for Granada after 90 minutes.
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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 11, Copa del Rey (Round of 32)
⭐ Key Player: Yanis Rahmani
Generally used in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Yanis Rahmani was born in Champigny Sur Marne, France. After having made a senior debut playing for UD Almería in the 2019 - 2020 season, the talented Midfielder has managed to score 3 league goals in the LaLiga2 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 19 appearances.