Málaga and Levante meet at La Rosaleda Stadium, in a match for the 14th round of the First Division. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 3 wins and 1 draw in the last 4 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 02-05-2016, in a match for the First Division that ended with the victory of Málaga by (3-1). The goals of the match were scored by D. Čop (30 ‘and 89’) and G. Castro (90 ‘), for Málaga, and José Luis Morales (42’), for Levante. In this game, the home factor may be decisive, since Málaga presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 2 wins, 1 draw and 10 losses, the home team is currently in the 18 th position, with 7 points won. In their last match, they lost with Real Madrid by (3-2), after in the previous match they won (3-2) at home, in a match against Deportivo La Coruña. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 1 draw and 12 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Numancia by (1-1). For the championship, Málaga won 7 points out of 18 possible, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 6 matches they played in their stadium. The team has not been very strong defensively, since it has suffered goals in the last 10 games which it disputed in this competition. This is a team that marks few times is first and only managed to open the scoring in 2 of its last 13 games for the First Division, of these 2 came to rest in advantage in 1 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in all. In 13 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 11 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have scored 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘); He suffered 5 of his 13 goals between the minutes (46’-60 ‘).
Málaga sees in that match the chance to win its third consecutive home win over La Liga and thus compensate for the negative results it has accumulated outside the home, where it lost all the matches it has played so far, having balanced the adversary network only in one from them. In his last match, he had a good performance away from home against Real Madrid and came to the draw twice, but he could not stand the pressure of Cristiano Ronaldo’s team, leaving then defeated. The defensive performance shown in this last day confirms what the team has been doing since the start of the competition, since it has the second worst defense. Playing at home, he owns the fourth worst campaign and in that condition he did not manage to score twice on the scoreboard. Despite these numbers of the defense, who has been doing good performances regularly is the goalkeeper Jiménez, who must be among the eleven that will play in this duel.
The away team is currently in the 14 th position of the league, with 15 points won, after 3 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Las Palmas, by (0-2). In the last match, they lost at home against Atlético Madrid by (0-5). This is a team that usually shows similar results, at home and abroad, so it is not affected by the home team, as in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Copa del Rey, they tied with Girona at home (1-1). In the last 5 away league matches Levante has a record of 1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 6 points out of 15 possible. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (3 out of 8 matches). Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 13 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never got the comeback. In the last 7 away matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (31’-45 ‘); He suffered 3 of his 7 goals between the minutes (46’-60 ‘).
The Levante is still going through a difficult time in this edition of the Spanish championship, but in this game has the opportunity to achieve its second consecutive win as a visitor, thus offsetting the losses that have been suffered within the home. In the last of them, he had a terrible performance against Atlético de Madrid and ended up thrashed by 0x5, with a negative highlight for the defensive system. However, the main problem of the team seems to be the attack, which failed to score in four games and is now among the eight worst in the competition. The club has shown great difficulty in maintaining possession of the ball and thus has created few scoring opportunities. The visiting coach is alternating the tactical scheme of the team, but must keep Bardhi as a reference in the center of the field.
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