Sunday 03/04/2016, 16:00, Spain Primera Division, Round 31
Malaga vs Espanyol Preview
A couple of years ago, Malaga had a pretty strong first 11 and the players were motivated by the high salaries and the prospective of sizable investment. Now that the money is gone, they are less interested in winning as many games as possible and frequently settle for draws. When they had home pitch advantage, there are more inclined to push the envelope, but against Espanyol they will have a hard time winning.
Malaga vs Espanyol Odds
Malaga 1.85, Draw 3.20, Espanyol 4.75
Malaga vs Espanyol Tips
Espanyol was on the verge of being sent back into the relegation area after missing out on some great opportunities at home. Quite often they had home pitch advantage and were one player up, but still failed to win against teams struggling to stay in the first division. Somehow, they managed to return to their winning ways and recent results indicate their willingness to keep fighting.
The new manager has changed the strategy for the visitors and instead of defending with all lines, Espanyol is now playing more aggressively. On the road however, they tried to prevent the hosts from scoring an early goal, while trying to score and players on counterattacks. This tactic has worked smoothly in the most recent match that they won against Athletic Bilbao, so they will stick to it.
Malaga sits comfortably in the eighth place, but despite the proximity to Europa league spot, they are not within striking distance. The teams currently occupying these places are in great form and unlikely to drop points in the foreseeable future. That's why this season is as good as finished and they have no choice but to patiently wait for a new one to start.
Throughout the season, Malaga was plagued by injuries and suspensions, with their backline being under tremendous pressure. The four footballers that will feature in the first 11 on Sunday are tired and in the absence of motivation they are unlikely to play at 100%. They will have a hard time opposing the team that is not out of the woods yet and will do everything it can to snatch a point.
- Espanyol is no longer threatened by relegation and the point on the road will mean a great deal to them.
- Malaga has lost motivation and with fatigue affecting many of its defensive players, it won't push for all three points.
Malaga vs Espanyol Prediction
Risk-averse punters who hesitate to back the visitors to avoid defeat have the convenient alternative of betting on fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored. Even if the home side manages to win, if you probably be a narrow margin victory, so the bets placed with Coral at 1.70 should still be a winner.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.70 with Coral