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Malaga vs Espanyol

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio La Rosaleda

Date: 8th January 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

This game is potentially the last game for one of the managers of these sides as both teams have been struggling this season.

Malaga’s board has surprisingly not given their manager Michel the boot despite his side being inside the bottom two.

Michel will feel he is under the most pressure here and he needs his side to get all the three points.

Malaga have taken 11 points from 17 league games and ended the year with a loss to Alaves who are also struggling with relegation.

They will want to start this year with a win here and are a little fortunate as their next couple of games are against teams outside the top 10.

Espanyol ended 2017 on a very high note with a shock win over Atletico Madrid.

They started 2018 a loss at home to struggling Levante in the Copa Del Rey.

That loss should be a cause of concern for Quique Flores whose side has not won an away game this season.

Malaga are the only team to have collected fewer away points than their 0.5 per game this season.

Espanyol have a solid record at this ground with 4 wins from their last 5 visits.

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

Malaga

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Alavés 1-0 Málaga 21 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Málaga 0-2 Real Betis 18 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
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

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Espanyol 1-0 Atletico Madrid 22 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Las Palmas 2-2 Espanyol 17 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Espanyol 0-1 Girona 11 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Eibar 3-1 Espanyol 3 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 3-2 Tenerife 30 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Málaga 0-1 Espanyol 4 Feb, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 2-2 Málaga 26 Aug, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Málaga 1-1 Espanyol 3 Apr, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 2-0 Málaga 21 Nov, 2015 Spanish Primera División
Málaga 0-2 Espanyol 14 Feb, 2015 Spanish Primera 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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