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Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides expects the Yellow Submarine to ensure a fourth victory in six matches when they host Bernd Schuster's strugglers

Malaga travel to the Madrigal to face Villarreal on Friday evening aiming to halt their downward trajectory with a victory.

Bernd Schuster's side have won just won of their last eight matches and things will not get any easier against a Villarreal side that continues to impress.

A home win is offered by bet365 at 4/9 (1.44), while Malaga can be backed at 6/1 (7.00). The draw trades at 10/3 (4.33) with the same firm.

This should be a clear victory for the Yellow Submarine, though with Villarreal in-form and extremely tough to beat at home.

Furthermore, they boast the third meanest defense in the division after Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, conceding just 13 goals in their 15 matches played, so if they can expose the visitor's deficiencies then they should be able to collect another three points.

Malaga, for their part, have conceded 12 times in their last five games, and remain extremely vulnerable at the back. With all this in mind then, backing Villarreal to win with -1 handicap at 6/5 (2.20) looks to be of real interest.

Malaga should struggle to score given they are missing some important attacking players, while Villarreal are one of the most attack-minded teams in the league.

It should be pretty comfortable for the hosts this evening and a -1 handicap should not prove much of an obstacle to overcome.

Villarreal to win -1 handicap at 6/5 (2.20) with bet365

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