CD Numancia welcome the visitors Malaga CF in the Spanish La Liga 2 – Round 30. The match will be held on Monday, March, 18th, at the Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos (Soria).
After relegation from the elite division, Malaga CF try to be back there at once. The last year and the present Malaga’s squads compared, we see two absolutely different teams. The players from the key squad who are still there are the Venezuelan wingback Rosales, centreback Hernandez, and halfback Recio. Despite the profound rotation, Malaga’s squad are most expensive in the La Liga 2. The performers Mula, Pacheco, Santos, Kone, Blanco, and Haksabanovic used to compete in top European leagues. In winter, the visitors on the day reinforced all lines, signing Seleznyov, Moran, Brezancic, and Werner. Despite the reinforcement, Malaga are just fifth in the standings. Over the last two months, they managed to win only once in seven fixtures, and drawed five times. In the last round held at home, the ‘Malaguistas’ conceded to Osasuna, 1:2, though they were ahead; thus their deficit from the leaders increased. The bad streak now questions the team’s playoff placement. Therefore, Muniz’ men need to win regardless of their squad losses. The latter are rather serious: Hernandez, Cone, Brezancic, Juancar are injured, and Keidi is suspended.
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CD Numancia’s performance depends much on the venue. The team counts eight wins of which seven were attained on the home stadium. This may possibly attribute to the new manager Garai who joined before the league kicked off. Last campaign, he helped the debutants CF Reus Deportiu keep their place in the Segunda – the team’s successful home performance contributed much to this. Numancia also have squad issues. Their manager cannot count on the leftback Ripa and the winger Oyarzun. The losses may have possibly affected Numancia’s latest performance: in seven recent matches, the side registered two wins and two defeats. In the last home fixture, Numancia conceded to Sporting, which is not surprising, as they did not overcome any contender from top-twelve – fighting against strong opponents presents a challenge for the hosts.
Malaga’s three latest trips to Soria saw their fails. Now they need to win, not to relegate from the playoff zone. Considering the homeside’s weak results against stronger teams, the visitors’ chances for success are quite solid.
Prediction for the match: Malaga CF to win away.