Malaga – Real Sociedad FREE PICKS
Málaga and Real Sociedad meet at La Rosaleda Stadium, in a match for the 34 th round of the First Division. Málaga won out (0-2) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 10-12-2017. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 01-16-2017, for the First Division, which ended with the victory of Real Sociedad by (0-2). The goals of the match were scored by Íñigo Martínez (50 ‘) and Juanmi (62’) for Real Sociedad. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 20 th position of the league, with 17 points won, after 4 wins, 5 draws and 24 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against Real Madrid, by (1-2). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Levante, by (1-0). 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 1 win, 3 draws and 11 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses at their stadium, with 11 goals scored and 18 suffered. In the last 10 home matches for the championship, Málaga won 1, tied 2 and lost 7, for which they have won 5 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (6 out of 16 matches). Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 10 of the last 16 matches for this competition have ended with Under 2,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: it only opened the scoring in 7 of its last 33 matches for the First Division, of these 7 it reached the break in advantage in 5 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 4. In 33 matches in this tournament, suffered the first goal 23 times and never got the comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 16 home matches for this competition: they have scored 5 of their 12 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Málaga is doing a season far below expectations and currently occupies the last position, with only 17 points won. It is important to remember that the landlords add three defeats in a row in the Spanish championship. Despite playing inside the home, coach Jose Manuel Gonzalez must opt for a defensive strategy, exploring only the back space of the opponent’s defense, however, in some moments of the match he must bet everything on the attack. Diego Rolán is the great highlight of the home team, with 5 goals in the championship. For this game the Málaga coach can not count on Peñaranda, Kuzmanovic, Diego González, Juankar and Ricca, players recovering from injury.
After 12 wins, 7 draws and 14 losses, the away team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 43 points won. In the last match, they have won at home against Atlético Madrid by (3-0), after in the previous match they won in a match against Las Palmas, by (0-1). 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 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 35 goals scored and 23 conceded. In the last 10 away league matches Real Sociedad has a record of 1 win, 3 draws and 6 losses, so they have won 6 points out of 30 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 33 matches in this competition, they have only 1 comeback in the 12 matches they have conceded the first goal. In the last 16 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 19 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Real Sociedad started for this motivated game, having defeated Atlético de Madrid, by 3-0, thus adding the third consecutive win in the Spanish championship. However, it must be emphasized that the visiting team is already far from the area that gives access to European competitions. In this game away from home is expected that the coach Imanol Alguacil act in the usual tactical system, or 4-2-3-1, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks. Willian José is the best finalist of Real Sociedad, with 14 goals scored. For this game the visiting coach can not count on Xabi Prieto, Moyà, Carlos Martínez and Concha, all recovering from injuries.
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