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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

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