Malaga take on the visitors Osasuna in the round 1 of Spanish Primera. The game takes place at La Rosaleda Stadium on Friday, August 19th.
Malaga finished on quite high eight place in the last season standings, gaining 48 points with 38-35 goal difference in 38 matches. The Anchovies played quite a number sparring matches, taking no defeats seven wins and two draws during pre-season this summer. Malaga signed up nine new footballers this summer. Some of them, like Zrdavko Kuzmanovic or Bakary Kone are able to become teams’ leaders from the very beginning of the season.
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Osasuna made their return to elite Spanish division. Today’s visitors finished sixth in Segunda last season with 64 points and 47-40 goal difference and had to win playoffs for the place in Primera. Osasuna had beaten Gimnastic in the semifinals, 3-1, 3-2 and Girona in the final, 2-1, 1-0. It took only one year for the team to make return to top league. The team also had quite intensive pre-season, but their results were quite different from Malaga’s (one win, one draw and five defeats). Such poor record should worry the fans and club’s management.
The opponents face one another quite often and majority of the head-to-heads end with draws. However, Osasuna would need some time to readjust to top football while impressive conditions of Malaga suggest to pick them as favorites of the matchup. Moreover, they play at own turf and it give them additional advantage.
Prediction for the match: Malaga to win.