Alberto Bueno could make Malaga debut against Getafe tonightJanuary 12, 2018
After their deflating 1-0 defeat at home to Espanyol left them joint bottom of the table, Malaga moved quickly to reinforce their frontline with the signing of Alberto Bueno this week. The Porto loanee could make his debut on Friday night as his side take on 13th-placed Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.
With the hosts undefeated in their last five matches, Míchel’s Malaga face a difficult test, especially given their run on the road which has seen them fail to win 28 of their last 31 away matches. What’s more, the side from the Costa del Sol haven’t scored in their last three games.
Borja Bastón and Diego Rolán are likely to miss the game through injury, so Malaga could revert to a 4-3-3 formation with Adrián returning in the middle of the park following a knock.
Getafe could be without first-choice keeper Vicente Guaita who has been heavily linked with a move to Crystal Palace this week, while centre-back Djené will miss the game for the home side after picking up five yellow cards.
Bruno should fill in at the back alongside Juan Cala, with Gaku Shibasaki in contention for a start up top.
Speaking of the uncertainty over his keeper, Getafe boss José Bordalás said: “The president has told me that we should be calm. He [Guaita] has a contract until June and that’s the end of it. We don’t have to worry about this any more.”
Bordalás also had kind words for his under fire counterpart, Míchel: “I think very highly of him. I believe he’s a great coach and he has shown that. I trust that they will keep faith in him because he has shown last year that he is able to bring sides through situations like these.”
Recent head to heads point to a home victory, with Getafe winning all of their last four showdowns with Malaga.
Getafe-Malaga kicks off at 8pm GMT.