Bottom side Malaga host impressive Girona in ‘must-win’ clashJanuary 26, 2018
The struggle continues for bottom side Malaga as they welcome the impressive Girona to the La Rosaleda stadium, six points shy of safety.
Every home game against sides in mid-table will be ‘must wins’ from now on if the Costa del Sol side are going to stand a chance to beat the drop, while Girona continue their impressive debut season in the top-flight sitting comfortably in tenth, 15 points ahead of their opponents this weekend.
The Boquerones’ new manager José González will need to a miracle to turn his side’s season around with Malaga failing to score a goal at home since 19 November in a 3-2 win over Deportivo. They are on the verge of breaking a record set in 2006.
Pablo Machín and his men on the other hand head to Malaga on high confidence after thumping Las Palmas 6-0 in front of their home crowd before grabbing a crucial point against Atlético Madrid. His only cause for concern will be the away form the side has run into having only won one game out of their last six on the road.
Both sides met each other for the first time this season, back in August where Girona narrowly ran out 1-0 victors.
Malaga are set to be without suspended defensive midfielder, Zdravko Kuzmanovic for the crucial tie whilst Adrián is set to partner Youssef En-Nesyri ahead of Borja Bastón who is likely to be on the bench after returning from injury.
The Catalan side are set to be without suspended duo Aday Benitez (winger) and Juanpe (centre back) whilst wing-backs Pablo Maffeo (on loan from Manchester City) and Johan Mojica (on loan from Rayo Vallecano) are set to return.