Confidence will be high in the Sevilla camp on the back of their 3-0 victory over Maribor in the Champions League midweek as they come up against a Malaga side with just one point from their six matches so far.
Despite losing in the last league outing to Atlético (2-0), Eduardo Berizzo’s men will be the firm favourites to win at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in the mid-afternoon kick-off on Saturday having racked up an impressive 16-game unbeaten run on home soil in the league.
By contrast, Malaga have failed to win in 23 of their last 25 games away from La Rosaleda and come into this game with a squad of just 19 players.
Zdravko Kuzmanovic misses out after his red card in his side’s comeback draw against Athletic Bilbao (3-3) last Saturday, while Paul Baysse, who scored in that game is likely to continue at centre back in the absence of the injured Diego González.
Diego Rolán, who scored a brace against the Basque side, will face a late fitness test but should he not be available, head coach Míchel can again call on Adalberto Peñaranda who makes his long-awaited return from injury.
Berizzo, meanwhile, has a full complement to select from. Nolito is fit again, with Wissam Ben Yedder set to retain his place up front after his hat-trick against Maribor on Tuesday.
The last time these sides met, Malaga won 4-2 at La Rosaleda in May. Goals from Pablo Fornals, Sandro Ramírez and Diego Llorente (none of whom are still at the club), plus a fourth from Juankar, cancelled out Franco Vázquez’s brace.