La Liga's Malaga take on hosts, third-division side S.D. Eibar in Copa del Rey action on Tuesday afternoon. Expect Malaga to just edge by.Despite well-documented financial woes that may or may not appear to be over shortly, Malaga has defied expectations and delivered an impressvie season so far. The beleaguered side curently sits in fourth position in La Liga, behind only Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona with 28 points from 16 matches.
Despite only scoring a paltry five goals in its eight league road matches, Malaga has veteran forwards in Javier Saviola and Roque Santa Cruz to call upon up front. The big question, and most likely scenario to occur, will be if manager Manuel Pelligrini rests his main guys in preparation for their match against Real Madrid this Saturday.
Still, Malaga has a bit of depth in most positions and many fringe players will see this as opportunity to impress. After all, this team did not top Group B in the UEFA Champion's League over the likes of AC Milan, Zenit, and Anderlecht without solid depth.
A win for the visitors is naturally being favoured, with odds of 1.70 at Uwin.com. A good thing to do is to wait until the starting roster is announced to see if it will be a second string side or if enough reliable first team regulars will suit up for the match. With live betting available for the game, the odds should not change much.
The draw result is slated for 3.60 also at the same firm.
A win for the home side would be a big boost for the Basque region club that currently plies its trade in Spain's Segunda Division B, a.k.a. the third division.
Surely the hosts will look to come out and try and cause an upset against one of Spain's top clubs. They were also eliminated in last year's Copa del Rey in the third round - their highest showing ever - and have won three straight in this year's competition, though against clubs of a much lesser quality than Malaga, so don't expect too many shocks in this one.
A home victory is being isued at 4.50, while the double chance (home win or draw) is at 2.06.
With the questions surrounding who Malaga will play in this match, I prefer to stick to the under 2.5 here which is priced the same as the over at 1.85. Meanwhile, the away 1-0 win in the correct scores pays out 6.80.
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