Málaga vs Deportivo La Coruña, Saturday’s match for the 2nd leg of the La Liga 2 Playoff at the Estadio La Rosaleda, in the city of Málaga.
Against all expectations, Málaga suffered a heavy defeat in the first match of the playoff, 4-2 in Coruña. The winner of this playoff determines the third wave that the Spanish Second division concedes to climb to La Liga.
Málaga were considered the favorite, and even started with a good note, but broke a little and so Deportivo now has a good advantage for this second game.
I can say that Málaga is one of the best teams that have played in La Liga 2 this season. They went home this season in twenty-one games, won twelve, drew four and lost five games, scored twenty-eight goals and conceded just fourteen goals, which is a very reasonable performance.
Now after the 4-2 in the first match, the team in this game has to take over the game and start up the opponent if they want to dream of playing next season in the elite of Spanish football.
This defeat also made it end a series of five consecutive victories. Some changes are expected in the initial eleven in relation to the last match, since the team has to play in a more offensive way.
Deportivo La Coruña
The Deportivo has achieved an excellent victory and can dream of the ascent to La Liga, since the result is very positive. The team in this game was very pragmatic, which allowed them to score four goals to Málaga on the scoreboard.
Now in this game Deportivo wants to continue to do the good work, which has led to defeat this Málaga team, which is a team with a lot of quality.
Deportivo have a good advantage for Saturday’s game, but despite the win, José Martí’s men have conceded two goals, and that can also be tricky if they score in the opening moments of the game. The coach should not make too many changes in the team, since the team that wins does not move.
Málaga must attack from the start to have a chance to turn the playoff. They have won their last three home games so I think they can get the fourth win. Having said that, I believe that Málaga will win this match.