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Rock-bottom Malaga look almost destined for the drop in La Liga (LL) but will certainly be putting up a fight when they host their Andalucian rivals Sevilla to the Estadio La Rosaleda.
Vincenzo Montella’s side suffered a rather embarrassing 5- 2 home defeat to Atletico Madrid in their last La Liga match and have dropped to the sixth position on the LL table. They need a decent result against Malaga if they hope to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive, as they are now ten points behind fourth-placed Valencia.
The hosts who are winless in their last ten LL games, compound matters further by only having scored goals in 2018 against Eibar, Valencia and Athletic Club. Malaga will have their work cut out with stopping a side who put them to the sword 2-0 last time out.
For the past couple of seasons, the result has favoured the home team – Sevilla have won three home H2H’s, whilst Malaga have won once. Overall, in all competitions, Sevilla just pip the H2H with 14 wins to Malaga’s 13, with eight draws.
The visitors may rotate their squad, given their European commitments in recent weeks. The disharmony may mean that players may not be match-fit but Sevilla will take solace in the fact that Malaga have a potential eight players sidelined.
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Goal-shy Malaga will look to 20-year-old Youssef En Nesyri (two league goals) to help steer them past their visitors.
Wissam Ben Yedder has six league goals to his name and will be hoping to add to his tally against a struggling Malaga side.
Malaga have lost eight of their last ten LL matches, while Sevilla have scored at least two goals in eight of their last nine matches against Malaga in all competitions.
The host have seen over 2.5 goals in eight of their last ten home matches against Sevilla in all competitions.
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