Malaga v Valencia Preview

January 16, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPrimera La Liga action Friday Night comes from the Estadio La Rosaleda featuring Malaga versus Valencia.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 20:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Malaga v Valencia Preview, Primera La Liga, Friday 17th January 2014

Malaga head into this game on Friday night on the back of two successive defeats having lost 0-1 at home to Atletico Madrid and then 1-0 away to Levante and Bernd Schuster’s side are now just 4pts from the sides currently involved in the relegation zone and it will be extremely important that the hosts pick up at least something from this game if they are to avoid becoming one of these sides currently already battling for survival.

Valencia are not doing that much better than their hosts and it has been a very disappointing season so far for the players and fans with the club having only managed to win just seven of their nineteen games played and the visitors head into this game having also having had trouble winning games of late as their two three defeats in their last three games indicate.

Malaga v Valencia Team News

Malaga Team News:

The hosts will be without Elisue and Casado for this game as both players continue to receive treatment for respective injuries. Other than this though manager Bernd Shuster has a full squad available and can play a strong side which should include current top goalscorer for the club Roque Santa Cruz leading the attack up front.

Valencia Team News:

The visitors have no reported injuries or suspensions for this game, but midfielder Ever Banega will under take a late fitness test to see if he can be involved having recently picked up a knock. 29 year old Brazilian Jonas is the clubs current top goalscorer this season and is likely to lead the attack up front.

Malaga v Valencia Head to Head Statistics

Friday night’s game from the Estadio La Rosaleda will become the 26th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Malaga have won 3 times (3 at the Estadio La Rosaleda), Valencia have won 16 times (6 at the Estadio La Rosaleda), and there has been 6 draws (3 at the Estadio La Rosaleda).

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show Valencia with a slight advantage having won 3 times with Malaga having managed 2 victories.

17/08/13 PRD Valencia – Malaga 1 : 0
20/04/13 PRD Valencia – Malaga
5 : 1
24/11/12 PRD Malaga – Valencia 4 : 0
29/04/12 PRD Malaga – Valencia
1 : 0
18/12/11 PRD Valencia – Malaga 2 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

70 goals (32 goals at the Estadio La Rosaleda) have been scored in the previous 25 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average overall goals per game statistic of 2.80 and an average goals per game statistic of 2.66 from the 12 games played at the Estadio La Rosaleda which suggests that we are likely to see at least a couple of goals scored in this game on friday night.

Malaga v Valencia Recent Form (Left to Right)

Malaga: W D W L L

Valencia: L W D L L

Malaga have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 2 of their previous 5 games played. Valencia have managed just the 1 victory from their previous 5 matches played of which they have lost the other 3.

Malaga v Valencia Match Betting Odds Market.

Malaga have to start winning games if they are to avoid becoming dragged into a relegation fight for survival but don’t have a great record over Valencia in this fixture over the years and can be backed at a best price of 9/5 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this one.

The Draw is currently a best price of 23/10 with Ladbrokes (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) which does look decent value considering the form of both sides this season and could be worth getting on as your main cover bet here.

Valencia do have in my opinion a slightly stronger squad than their hosts, but with just one victory in their last five matches on the road they do look a bit short at a current best price of 15/8 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this game.

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Malaga v Valencia Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

A difficult one to be really confident of calling a winner from as neither of these clubs have been in great form this season or of late and the draw could certainly be a strong possibility in this game as both sides will be desperate to pick up at least something from this game on friday night.

The game should see at least a couple of goals scored according to the average goals per game stats shown a bit earlier in this post as both sides do have players in decent goal scoring form this season, so Both Teams to Score YES @ 5/6 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) could see an early return, but for me the Total Match Goals 2 or 3′ @ 20/21 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) is my main pick for this one.

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