Malaga vs Real Zaragoza – Poor defences to produce chances at both ends

Malaga’s poor defence can hamper playoff chances in clash with Zaragoza
Malaga vs Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza are tipped to frustrate promotion chasing Malaga in Segunda Division (Getty Images)

Malaga vs Real Zaragoza Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Malaga’s quest for a playoff finish could take a blow when they host Real Zaragoza in a Segunda Division clash at the Estadio La Rosaleda. Both teams have been hampered by poor defending for much of the season and are tipped to produce BTTS at 2.10. The visitors are backed to earn a draw at 3.40 having impressed in recent matches.

Malaga CF Form & Team News


Malaga are coming off a 3-0 victory at home against Real Oviedo in their last Segunda Division fixture. Adrian opened the scoring early in the contest while further goals from Javi Ontiveros and Miguel Cifuentes sealed a comfortable win.

Boquerones are clinging on to the final promotion playoff spot as they hold a one-point lead in sixth position on the table. Victor Sanchez's men are unbeaten in three of their last four matches, claiming two wins in that run. They have struggled defensively lately making BTTS a likely outcome at odds of 2.10. Their failure to keep a clean sheet in five of their last six matches makes this outcome very likely.

Malaga will be without midfielder Keidi Bare, who is suspended after picking up a red card in the win over Real Oviedo. Javi Ontiveros should retain his position on the left side of attack having scored three goals in his last four matches.

Victor Sanchez
Victor Sanchez's Malaga side have failed to keep a clean sheet in five of their last six matches (Getty Images)

Real Zaragoza Form & Team News


Real Zaragoza were victorious in their last Segunda Division fixture as they defeated Sporting Gijon 4-2. Alvaro Vazquez netted a brace while further goals from Giorgi Papunashvili and Marc Gual earned them all three points.

Los Manos’ season is effectively over with the team not battling relegation and also not in contention for a playoff place. Victor Fernandez's men are unbeaten in five of their last seven matches making a draw a decent punt at 3.40. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in six of their last eight away fixtures. 

Vazquez is set to continue in attack following his brace against Sporting Gijon. Papunashvili and Gual could be included in the starting lineup after both men came off the bench to score last time out.

Malaga vs Real Zaragoza Head to Head 


Malaga have a 9-7 edge with nine draws from 25 previous matches against Real Zaragoza. Boquerones claimed 2-0 triumph in the reverse fixture at the Estadio de la Romareda.

Malaga vs Real Zaragoza Match Up 


Javi Ontiveros has been in good form for Malaga in recent matches and will he the one to watch on Friday. His pace on the left is a weapon for the hosts while Adrian's late arrivals from midfield has seen him bag eight goals this season.

Vazquez will be hoping to build on his brace against Sporting Gijon and will be confident of adding to his 10 Segunda goals on Friday.  With Marc Gual netting four goals in as many matches, Real Zaragoza should have enough to trouble the Malaga defence.

Malaga vs Real Zaragoza Key Statistics


  • Malaga have failed to keep a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches (Segunda Division).
  • Malaga are unbeaten in their last 4 matches against Real Zaragoza (all competitions).
  • Real Zaragoza have failed to keep a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 away matches (Segunda Division).
  • Real Zaragoza are unbeaten in their last 3 away matches (Segunda Division).

Verdict


Malaga have been troubled by defensive problems and should struggle against the visitor’s attack. With Zaragoza also plagued by similar issues, I am predicting BTTS here at 2.10 with both teams tipped to battle to a draw.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes @ 2.10 at bet365 – 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.40 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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