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  • January 29, 2012
  • • 20:30
  • • Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 28000
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La Liga Preview: Malaga - Sevilla

La Liga Preview: Malaga - Sevilla

Eliseu - Malaga

Manuel Pellegrini's underachieving side will be out to end a poor run of results against the Rojiblancos and stay in the chase for European qualification on Sunday


PROBABLE LINEUPS


MALAGA



Caballero
Gamez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Monreal
Toulalan, Maresca
Cazorla, Isco, Eliseu

Rondon

SEVILLA


Varas
Coke, Spahic, Escude, Navarro
Medel, Trochowski
Navas, Reyes, Baba
Negredo

Malaga playmaker Joaquin has not recovered from a hamstring injury and will miss the Andalusian derby.

There are no other fresh injury worries for the hosts, though ex-Sevilla striker Julio Baptista (foot) and Ruben Martinez (shoulder) remain on the sidelines.

France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan returns to the side after sitting out last weekend's crushing defeat at the hands of Barcelona due to suspension.

Sevilla coach Marcelino Garcia Toral will be without the services of Martin Caceres and Emiliano Armenteros, with the duo set to finalise transfers to Juventus and Rayo Vallecano respectively.
 
Frederic Kanoute and Manu del Moral are unlikely to feature due to injury, while Federico Fazio is suspended. Diego Perotti remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Marcelino could hand Senegal striker Baba Diawara his debut after he completed his move from Portuguese side Maritimo during the week.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Malaga are on a six-game winless streak in La Liga, having drawn two and lost two in their most recent matches.
  • The Costa del Sol-based outfit have failed to win their last five games in all competitions at La Rosaleda.
  • Qatari-backed Malaga have been banned from transfer activity by the Spanish league until they have paid back a debt to rivals Osasuna.
  • Sevilla have won five of their last six meetings with Malaga, outscoring their rivals 14-6 in those matches.
  • The Rojiblancos have won just once on the road all season, with six draws in nine matches away from home.
  • Mali striker Frederic Kanoute (pictured) leads the club’s goalscoring charts at this stage of the season with seven goals.
Malaga playmaker Joaquin has not recovered from a hamstring injury and will miss the Andalusian derby with Sevilla. 
France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan returns to the side after sitting out last weekend's crushing defeat at the hands of Barcelona due to suspension. 
There are no other fresh injury worries for the hosts. Ex-Sevilla striker Julio Baptista (foot) and Ruben Martinez (shoulder) remain on the sidelines. 
Sevilla coach Marcelino Garcia Toral will be without the services of Martin Caceres and Emiliano Armenteros, with the duo set to finalise transfers to Juventus and Rayo Vallecano respectively. 
Frederic Kanoute and Manu del Moral are unlikely to feature due to injury, while Federico Fazio is suspended. Diego Perotti remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. 
Marcelino could hand Senegal striker Baba Diawara his debut after he completed his move from Portuguese side Maritimo during the week.

Players to watch

Isco

Position: Midfielder

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Hailed by Valencia boss Unai Emery as the successor to Manchester City star David Silva, the diminutive playmaker is yet another product of Spain’s seemingly-unrelenting conveyor-belt of talent. A naturally gifted footballer, Isco also boasts great pace and strength and has shown throughout his nascent career that he can bag a goal or two.

B. Diawara

Position: Attacker

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The Senegal striker was in hot form for Maritimo, scoring 10 goals in just 15 games this season, before swapping Madeira for Andalusia. The 24-year-old is also equally adept at playing on the wings and will be hoping to replicate the heroics of fellow African Frederic Kanoute at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Editor's Prediction

The second Andalusian derby in as many weeks could easily prove to be just as enthralling as the first: both teams are underperforming at the moment and will be forced to go for all three points. But, with the goals drying up for Sevilla and Malaga clearly bereft of confidence, it could be another draw at La Rosaleda, which would not serve either team well.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Málaga

Sevilla

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
Málaga Club de Fútbol Málaga
Draw
Sevilla FC SEV
Sevilla FC Sevilla
41%
23%
36%

Top 3 Predictions

Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
1 - 1
Sevilla FC SEV
Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
2 - 1
Sevilla FC SEV
Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
1 - 2
Sevilla FC SEV

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