Its a battle between the two teams rooted to the foot of the table as Las Palmas host fellow strugglers Malaga at the Estadio Gran Canaria this Monday (20:00 GMT). This tie is a genuine relegation six-pointer as the two sides desperately want to cling on to their top-flight status.
Ricardo De Burgos has been given the responsibility to officiate this bottom of the table clash.
The hosts for the match, Las Palmas followed up a shocking yet well-deserved win against third-place team Valencia on match-day 20 by losing quite ruthlessly against Atletico Madrid last weekend.
The Union Deportiva, as they are known to their supporters, slumped to a 3-0 defeat against a strong Atletico side in a game which saw them hit the target only three times, unlike their oppositions who has six shots on goal, three of them reaching the back of the net.
The loss on match-day 21 means they are still languishing in 19th position in the league and are now firm favorite to drop a division to the second tier of Spanish football. They are statistically the worst team in Spain apart from their opponents for their match, Malaga.
Las Palmas have a negative thirty-four goal difference conceding a goal every 38 minutes of league play.
Paco Jemez’s appointment after the last game before the turn of the year hasn’t changed much at the club with the players still not performing to the level they should, and the league position is not improving at all.
Malaga had drawn two consecutive games as they backed up their 1-1 result against Eibar on the road by again sharing points last weekend when they met Girona. The Albicelestes were able to hold of the game even after being reduced to ten men in the seventy-eighth minute.
The game had merely any action with the goalkeepers on either side hardly tested. This result means that they are now winless in six of their previous Liga Santander matches.
The Blue and the Whites have only accumulated thirteen points in this season’s La Liga. As a result, they find themselves at the bottom of the league with just three wins in the bag. They have the most significant goal difference between the bottom three because the side usually concedes fewer goals than their fellow strugglers.
However, it’s the attack that has let them down massively. Fourteen goals scored in 21 games and injury to some crucial players, Malaga’s troubles are piling up at the moment.
Las Palmas’ wins have all but one been achieved at home while Malaga has a record nine losses away from home.
Las Palmas will not have three first-team players fit for selection because of injuries. Right-back Michel is suffering from muscle injury while left-wing Momo is the most recent addition to the injury list after a muscular problem.
Center-back Pedro Bigas is sidelined due to the knee injury and has missed four games for the club. New signing Martin Aguirregaray could make his debut at left-back.
Jose Gonzalez has severe issues regarding injuries and suspension that have severely affected them throughout the season. Left-back Juankar hasn’t featured for the club in 26 matches, while two center-forwards Adalberto Penaranda and Diego Rolan are also sidelined due to injuries.
Miquel Torres is still out because of a muscular problem and Chory Castro got sent off in Malaga’s previous game which means he is suspended against Las Palmas.
Head to Head
Las Palmas were victorious in the most recent meeting against Malaga. They dispatched Malaga 3-1 while on the road. However, last five matches between the two sides have seen two victories each in favor of Malaga and Las Palmas.
Las Palmas vs Malaga Possible Starting Lineups
Las Palmas (4-1-4-1)
David Simon – Alejandro Galvez – Ximo Navarro – Martin Aguirregaray
Toledo – Tana – Jonathan Viera – Jairo Samperio
Rosales – Luis Hernandez – Miquel – Ricca
Keko – Iturra – Recio – Samu Garcia
Las Palmas vs Malaga Prediction
The game is vital for both the clubs as their fight to avoid relegation heats up. Possibly two of the worst attacks go head to head on Monday, so it’s highly unlikely to be a high scoring goal. Both teams are in desperate need of a good run of their current form, but we see the teams playing a stalemate.
Our Prediction: Las Palmas 0-0 Malaga