Malaga vs Deportivo / Spanish Segunda Division – Like many times before position won in the regular season is irrelevant for outcome of the Segunda Division promotion play-off. Deportivo reached the play-off as the sixth placed team, while Malaga ended up in the third place, however, the home team won in La Coruna by 4-2. That is why Deportivo is closer to the play-off’s final, while Malaga must play better than it did in the 1st leg, as well as in their league match at home that ended as a goalless draw.
Malaga vs Deportivo begins 15.06.2019 at 21:00 CET
Malaga played well in the regular season but they still couldn’t come close to first two positions that would take them back to La Liga. They ended up in the third place which qualified them for the promotion play-off that can return them to the elite football league in Spain but that outcome seems quite remote now. They lost the 1st leg to Deportivo 4-2 despite having a lead twice in the match when it seemed they have the situation under control. Everything fell apart in the second half when they received three goals and now Malaga has a far more difficult task. Midfielder N'Diaye didn’t play in the 1st leg, while the rest of the team was quite expected. Now, Malaga needs to be more offensive.
Probable lineups Malaga: Munir – I. Rodriguez, L. Hernandez, D. Gonzalez, Ricca – Bare – Ontiveros, A. Gonzalez, Moran, Pacheco – Leschuk
Deportivo qualified for the promotion play-off as the sixth placed team in the table and they feared till the last round will they get opportunity to fight for promotion to La Liga. They succeeded with a bit of luck and as it often happens they played very well the first leg and now have a nice advantage ahead of the rematch at La Rosaleda stadium. They played excellently in the second half and after trailing behind 1-2 they finished with advantage of two goals. Somma at the stopper position was a surprise in the team, and Quique didn’t play again but that couldn’t be noticed as Valle and Fernandez were more than up to the task. Now, we don’t expect any changes in the team.
Probable lineups Deportivo: D. Gimenez – D. Simon, Somma, D. Duarte, S. Garcia – Bergantinos, Exposito – Cartabia, B. Valle, P. Sanchez – C. Fernandez
Malaga vs Deportivo PICK
Malaga is in difficult situation but they will not surrender in advance and will do everything they can to annul the backlog. Deportivo didn’t excel this season and they are definitely vulnerable which is why we forecast their defeat, although it is hard to tell what it would mean for the home team and will it be sufficient to pass this play-off round.
Pick: Malaga wins
Odds: 2.00 at bethard (down to 1.90 can be played)
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