Liga - Matchpack: Malaga v Valencia
Facts, team news and manager quotes ahead of the Liga clash between Malaga and Valencia on Sunday.
Malaga left-back Ignacio Monreal is a doubt, with Eliseu set to fill in, their only main concern.
Valencia will be without midfielder Sergio Canales for another six months after he re-injured his right knee in the Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid. He had spend several months on the sidelines earlier this season. Fellow midfielder Ever Banega is also out with a foot injury, while defender Angel Dealbert is injured. David Albelda and Miguel are suspended. Vicente Guaita is set to return in goal for Diego Alves.
Manuel Pellegrini (Malaga): "This is a very important match in the hunt for a Champions league place. Valencia have slipped behind Barca and Real in the past three years or so but they are still a big club, with top players and a big-game mentality."
Unai Emery (Valencia): "We gave everything against Atletico but they were the better side over two legs. The most important thing now is that Valencia can compete at the highest level in Europe again and for that, La Liga is the way."
Málaga have only beaten Valencia once in the league (May 2001) since they reformed (D6 L14).
The boquoneros have scored just one goal in their last five league games at home to Valencia combined.
Málaga have lost their last five against Los Che in the league and are without a win in 17 (D4).
Failure to win today would put Málaga on their second-longest run of games without a win in the league this season (four games, they went six between December and January).
Valencia’s last three league games have seen the winning side bag four goals.
Just one of Valencia’s last 15 league goals against Málaga has been scored by a foreigner (Banega).
Santi Cazorla has scored the most goals from outside the box in La Liga this season (8).
Valencia have benefitted from the joint-most opposition own goals in LigaBBVA this season (4).
Málaga have received the most fouls in the league this season.
Roberto Soldado’s last match at La Rosaleda saw him bag a hat-trick in Spain’s friendly win over Venezuela.
Manuel Pellegrini has only lost one of his six league matches as a manager at home to Valencia in the league (W5).
Malaga (6/5), Valencia (11/5), Draw (12/5)