The 18th round of this LaLiga season will find the guests at the door of a large opportunity, while the hosts will have to defend the 'entrance' and earn the points.
Group Clubs La Rosaleda, Malaga, Spain 16 Jan 2017 7:45 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Malaga and Real Sociedad had a really nice run of five games without a loss, but their winning differential is the things that separates them - Malaga have five, Real Sociedad have 9. Regarding the goal differential, they're quite similar in the betting sheets - Malaga's score is 26:29, while Real Sociedadâ€™s is 28:25.
Expert Verdict: The prediction for this game is a fast-paced football in the first half and a slower, tactical-wise football in the second. What will be done in the first halftime will have a big impact on how things are going to move later on, but the probability for a draw in the first 45 minutes is highly likely. Both teams will earn a point, enough for a mid-range duel.
Keko and Weligton are healing fast enough to appear at this game. Kuzmanovic and Ricca, however, didn't heal enough for an appearance, while Kone is off for the national squad duties.
Sandro Ramirez scored 7 goals for the team and is currently leading their goals sector.
Their last five games were far from being perfect - only one win, two draws and two losses. They're currently 13th, with 21 points.
Defenders:Rosales, Llorente, Villanueva, Torres
Defensive Midfielders:Fornals, Camacho
Attacking Midfielders:Ontiveros Parra, Juanpi, Carlos
Markel Bergara and Carlos Martinez are missing the game because of injuries; the same goes for Navas, but he is recuperating fast and may have a shot of entering the game.
Willian Jose is in a good scoring mood - out of the 15 appearances, he scored 9 goals.
The preview shows that they could've been a bit better recently, with only 2 victories in the last 5 games. They're currently 6th, with 29 points on their side.
Defenders:Zaldua, Navas, I. Martinez, Berchiche
Defensive Midfielders:Illarramendi, Granero
Attacking Midfielders:Vela, Prieto, Oyarzabal
Real Sociedad were distinctively better in the past, winning 46.7% of the time played, while Malaga won only 26.7%. The draw fixtures also take 26.7% on their side.
Stats indicate that both teams have a solid number of goals scored more in the first half, so if they set off with an open, entertaining game we should be able to see a couple of goals in the first halftime. Betting experts aren't agreeing that there'll be more in the second halftime, but there'll be few serious chances for a goal on each side. If there isn't any surprise in the late period, the game will end as a draw.
Betting odds for a victory are pretty even on both sides - the hosts are given 2.60 coefficient, while the guests would take 2.75. The draw betting is quite possible, since its coefficients are dropping, going down to 3.00. Maybe the safest bet in this one would be under 2.5 goals, with a 1.75 coefficient.