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Alaves vs Malaga

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Mendizorroza

Date: 21st December 2017

Kick-off time – 20:30 GMT

Both Alaves and Malaga would not have imagined that their season being this bad at the beginning of the campaign judging by last season’s performance.

However, it is a different story now and with this game being their last match of the year, they will each be hoping to end the year on a high note.

Alaves seems to be having the worse season among the two.

They have a 75% loss rate at home in the league – a shocking statistics judging by how impressive they were last season when they even reached the final of the Copa del Rey.

Defensively, they remain generous and it doesn’t look like it will get better with their new manager as he tends to prefer an open attacking approach to the game.

In their six home losses this season, they have conceded two or more goals and have conceded an overall average of 1.63 goals per home game which is the worst record in the division.

Malaga will be glad to be playing Alaves at this time with their host having defensive issues.

Although they lost their last game at home 2-0 to Real Betis, they seem to be very good in the final third.

They netted two goals in each of their last two away matches – what is more impressive is that these games were against Real Madrid and Real Sociedad and they managed to win in Sociedad.

That should inspire them to go for the win in this game.

This game is taking place between the team with the worst home record and the team with the worst away record in La Liga so this makes for an interesting tie.

Bookmakers make Alaves early favourites to win this game.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Alaves

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Atletico Madrid 1-0 Alavés 16 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Alavés 2-0 Las Palmas 8 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Girona 2-3 Alavés 4 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Alavés 3-0 Getafe 30 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
L Alavés 1-2 Eibar 25 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Malaga

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Real Sociedad 0-2 Málaga 10 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Málaga 0-0 Levante 1 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Málaga 1-1 Numancia 28 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
L Real Madrid 3-2 Málaga 25 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Málaga 3-2 Deportivo La Coruña 19 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Málaga 1-2 Alavés 11 Mar, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Alavés 1-1 Málaga 16 Oct, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Málaga 1-0 Alavés 2 Feb, 2008 Spanish Segunda División
Alavés 0-1 Málaga 2 Sep, 2007 Spanish Segunda División
Alavés 0-1 Málaga 3 Feb, 2007 Spanish Segunda División

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

January 22, 2018
Eibar 21:00 Málaga
January 26, 2018
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Eibar
January 27, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 13:00 Levante
Valencia 16:15 Real Madrid
Málaga 18:30 Girona
Villarreal 20:45 Real Sociedad
January 28, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Espanyol
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Las Palmas
Sevilla 18:30 Getafe
Barcelona 20:45 Deportivo Alavés
January 29, 2018
Celta de Vigo 21:00 Real Betis
February 2, 2018
Real Sociedad 21:00 Deportivo De La Coruña
February 3, 2018
Eibar 13:00 Sevilla
Real Betis 16:15 Villarreal
Deportivo Alavés 18:30 Celta de Vigo
Levante 20:45 Real Madrid
February 4, 2018
Getafe 12:00 Leganés
Espanyol 16:15 Barcelona
Girona 18:30 Athletic Bilbao
Atlético de Madrid 20:45 Valencia

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 20 17 3 0 57 9 +48 54
2 Atlético de Madrid 20 12 7 1 29 9 +20 43
3 Valencia 20 12 4 4 41 21 +20 40
4 Real Madrid 19 10 5 4 39 18 +21 35
5 Villarreal 20 10 4 6 28 22 +6 34
6 Sevilla 20 10 2 8 26 28 -2 32
7 Celta de Vigo 20 8 4 8 35 28 +7 28
8 Getafe 20 7 6 7 25 20 +5 27
9 Girona 20 7 6 7 29 29 +0 27
10 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 -7 27
11 Real Betis 20 8 3 9 33 41 -8 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 20 6 8 6 23 22 +1 26
13 Leganés 19 7 4 8 17 19 -2 25
14 Espanyol 20 6 6 8 16 25 -9 24
15 Real Sociedad 20 6 5 9 34 36 -2 23
16 Deportivo Alavés 20 6 1 13 16 29 -13 19
17 Levante 20 3 9 8 16 28 -12 18
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 20 4 4 12 22 44 -22 16
19 Las Palmas 20 4 2 14 16 47 -31 14
20 Málaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 -20 11

Spanish Primera Results

January 21, 2018
Real Betis 0 - 5 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Celta de Vigo
Real Madrid 7 - 1 Deportivo De La Coruña
Deportivo Alavés 2 - 2 Leganés
January 20, 2018
Las Palmas 2 - 1 Valencia
Villarreal 2 - 1 Levante
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 1 Girona
Espanyol 0 - 3 Sevilla
January 19, 2018
Getafe 2 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
January 15, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 2 Leganés
January 14, 2018
Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona
Espanyol 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Sevilla
Levante 0 - 1 Celta de Vigo
January 13, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 1 - 2 Valencia
Eibar 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 6 - 0 Las Palmas
January 12, 2018
Getafe 1 - 0 Málaga
January 8, 2018
Málaga 0 - 1 Espanyol

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