The worst visitor will put a suffering Malaga to the test at La Rosaleda

Zaragoza, the worst team away from home, visits Malaga that has not won at home since October 22. Pellicer will not have Escassi and Ramón. JIM is left without Cristian.


Real Zaragoza visits La Rosaleda, the visitor's spa, with the need to win to end a horrible streak of only four points added away from home of which three were due to an improper alignment by Alcorcón. The occasion may be propitious because Malaga at home is all generosity. Two victories in eleven games, only Sabadell is more splendid with the outsiders. Málaga have not won at home since October 22, 2020 (1-0 at Sporting). The Blue and Whites have a hard time every time they play in the Coata del Sol (follow the game live on .

Sergio Pellicer's team took a deep breath with their last victory in Alcorcón with an agonizing goal from Pablo Chavarría in extra time, although their football continues to be very improvable. At least it ended with six days without victories. For this clash, the Malaguista coach will not be able to count on Escassi (suspended) or Ramón (injured in one shoulder). It is time to rebuild the midfield to which Luis Muñoz will return, who, probably, is accompanied by Cristian Alvarez. In the goal Juan Soriano can repeat ownership. Another that can turn the gala team is Yanis Rahmani.

Zaragoza was the last visitor to this stadium with an audience. 22,264 spectators that March 8, 2020. The Zaragoza won 0-1, a goal by Luis Suárez. They seemed packed up to First. But the expansion of the coronavirus, the confinement and the return of the Colombian striker to Watford left him without promotion.

As a curious detail, Málaga will put chants from its fans over the public address system. A way to create a virtual environment to give wings to the local team in these harsh times of pandemic.

JIM, without Cristian Álvarez

Real Zaragoza breathed again with their hurried victory against Ponferradina and now, without their starting goalkeeper Cristian Álvarez, they are looking for a win at La Rosaleda so as not to fall back to relegation positions. The Aragonese team is the worst visitor in the category, with just four points captured, and they need to amend their numbers at home as soon as possible so as not to see themselves with the rope around their neck in each of their home matches.

The absence of Cristian Álvarez is a serious setback for Zaragoza, unexpectedly and because of the importance of the goalkeeper in the team. The Argentine did not train on Wednesday due to some discomfort in the right calf, but on Friday he did so with relative normality and his presence in Malaga was taken for granted. However, yesterday he did not pass a last physical test and was left out of the list of 23 expedition members. She will be relieved by Ratón, who has not played since November 13 against Oviedo at La Romareda, also due to Cristian's muscle injury.

The Uruguayan Sanabria, the last of the winter signings, aims to be the other novelty in JIM's line-up against Malaga. The midfielder was already in the squad against Ponferradina, but did not make his debut. This time, with a week of training and integration into the group ahead, Juan Ignacio Martínez is considering including the young Uruguayan footballer in his starting line-up to the detriment of the Italian Zanimacchia and forming a line with Francho and Eguaras. In such a way, the coach would maintain the 4-3-3 of the last days, but with Bermejo on the right of an attack along with Álex Alegría and the Colombian Narváez, Zaragoza's goal man with seven goals.Another possibility would be to introduce Nieto as a left back and move Chavarría to the left wing of the center of the field, and delay the opening of Sanabria to the second half.

Aces to follow:

Málaga. Yanis Rahmani. Three goals and five assists, almost all to Pablo Chavarría. A footballer from whom much is expected.

Zaragoza. Francho. The young Aragonese player is the revelation of the season of a very weak Zaragoza. He has criteria, rhythm and deployment.

The details of the match

Defense of five? Pellicer used it in Alcorcón with Alexander González and Cristo of advanced lanes. May this Sunday repeat behind.

Center of the field. The losses of Ramón and Escassi will result in two new midfielders. Possibly, Cristian Rodríguez and Luis Muñoz.

Without Cristian. The unexpected loss of the starting goalkeeper, many times savior of Zaragoza, is a serious setback for JIM. Mouse will be in charge of defending the door of the Aragonese team.

Worst visitor. The Aragonese team is the worst away team in the category, with only four points, and three of them won in dispatches due to improper alignment of Alcorcón.

Registrations and registrations

Málaga. Luis Muñoz returns after serving a sanction. Losses of Escassi (suspended), Ramón Enríquez, Benkhemassa and Hicham.

Zaragoza. Tejero is the only novelty in the Zaragoza squad. Cristian Álvarez and Javi Ros are out due to injury

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