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Two clubs with Champions League aspirations meet in Saturday’s second live offering. Sevilla will be looking to build on their impressive 5-0 victory at Mallorca midweek and put themselves in contention for the European places. Malaga, however, also won convincingly in their last match – a 4-0 win at home to Granada – and with a break from Champions League duties can concentrate on retaining their current fourth place spot over the next few months.
Despite their high standing in the league, Malaga’s away form has been poor this season. After winning their opening two games 1-0, Manuel Pelligrini’s side are yet to win on the road in La Liga and have scored just once in those five outings. Sevilla meanwhile have a good home record with fine wins from eight at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – including a win over Real Madrid. Defeat last time out to Valladolid however discourages from backing the hosts to win at 23/20 (Ladbrokes).
Instead, we are backing a scoreless first half in what is likely to be a cagey affair. Malaga, as mentioned have struggled for goals on their travels but have concede just once in their last four league games so despite both sides recording emphatic wins in their last fixtures, we expect this one to be a low scoring game as both sides cancel each other out. The score to remain 0-0 at half-time is therefore worth a bet at 2/1 (Betfred).
Malaga should be the fresher side having not played midweek for the first time in over a month. Although Sevilla were buoyed by their trip to Mallorca on Wednesday, the journey to the holiday island will undoubtedly have somewhat drained the squad and as the game wears on this could favour Malaga. We mentioned they have a poor away record in the league this season but with virtually a full strength team, there is every chance they can knick a long awaited win on their travels. Odds of 15/2 (BetVictor) against a draw at half-time with Malaga going on to win could prove profitable.