Malaga vs Leganes

Malaga is the only team in the Spanish La Liga without a win after the first seven rounds. They’ve recorded one draw and six defeats so far, found themselves at the bottom of the league with one point, and a miserable 4:16 goal difference. The only point came in the sixth round when Malaga played a 3:3 draw with Athletic Bilbao at home. In the previous round, Malaga was beaten by Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, 2:0, with two goals in the second half for just two minutes. Sevilla was a better team throughout the game and deservedly won three points. Nevertheless, Malaga showed some positives in this clash, creating a couple of dangerous scoring chances, but still failing to find the net. However, an awful tackle led to a penalty in the 68th minute, and just two minutes later Sevilla doubled the lead, so Malaga’s defense has to improve if they want to end this terrible string of bad results.

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The Legionaries are surely the positive surprise of the Spanish La Liga so far, as they are at the seventh place of the table after seven rounds with 11 points and a 5:3 goal difference. They didn’t concede a goal in the previous three matches, and they upset the odds in their last game earning a draw against Atletico Madrid in front of the home fans. Pretty encouraging start of the season, although there’s a lot of games to be played, so they need to stay focused knowing that every point could be crucial in the battle against relegation. Leganes has some serious problems with attacking, as they’ve created only 49 scoring opportunities, getting five goals from them. Only two teams created fewer chances in the Spanish La Liga. On the other side, Leganes’ defense is one of the best in the league with just three goals conceded, and they surely can be proud of their defensive work. With 40% of tackles won, and 55% of aerial duels they are on the right path, as the priority is to stay in the La Liga.

As we all know, every string has an end, and I expect to see Malaga winning this clash at home for the first victory of the season. Leganes is performing very well recently, especially at the defensive end, but their inefficient attack could be a problem. This could be the perfect chance for Malaga to upheave their La Liga season, so I’ll go with them on Sunday evening. After three wins in a row (one of them against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu), The Big Greens played a tremendous 4:4 draw with Real Sociedad at Anoeta in the seventh round of the Spanish La Liga, proving they are in a great form recently. They are sitting at the sixth place of the La Liga table with 13 points and a 14:11 goal difference.

The striker Diego Rolan, who joined the team from Girondins Bordeaux on loan this summer, could be the main force in the final third, as the Uruguayan bagged two goals in four appearances. The central midfielder Recio created 10 scoring chances so far, and he has one assist to his name. The fans expect more from Adrian Gonzales, who arrived from Eibar, while another loaned player, Borja Baston, is still goalless after five apps. Malaga’s manager Michel doesn’t have serious injury worries, besides Borja Baston (knee problems) and Luis Hernandez (muscle injury) who are doubtful for the next game against Leganes.