Malaga will host Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday morning in a game that sees two sides who are currently in a relegation battle at the bottom of La Liga square off in what could end up being a real six pointer.
Malaga are currently rock bottom of the table with just four points from their 11 league games. All four of those points have come at La Rosaleda with them beating Celta de Vigo 2-1 at the end of October and drawing 3-3 with Athletic Club in September.
As well as picking up no points on their travels Malaga have yet to even score a goal in an away match this season so they will be relieved that this game takes place on their home turf.
If Malaga are to get three points on Sunday they will have to do so without Recio, who is suspended, as well as Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Federico Ricca and Miguel Torres who are injured so Michel will have to make some important decisions with regard to team selection.
Deportivo find themselves in 16th place in La Liga with 11 points from their 11 games. They have won just one of their last five games in all competitions which was away to fellow strugglers, Las Palmas.
Deportivo manager, Cristobal, has a few selection issues of his own with Bicho and Juanfran already ruled out while Carles Gil and Adrian Lopez are also listed as doubtful.
Neither Malaga nor Deportivo come into this game in good form and both will know that they are up against a team who could be involved in a relegation battle with them at the end of the season which makes this game all the more important despite still being relatively early in the season.
The managers will either approach the game with a must not lose mentality or they could see this as a big chance to get points on the board. Naturally, neutrals like ourselves, will hope it’s the latter which could lead to an entertaining game on Sunday morning.