Grenada v Malaga 20:00 Mon
Malaga will be looking to continue where they left off against Sevilla last time out when they travel to face relegation threatened Granada on Monday eveningas Bet365 make the away side favourites.
The away side ended a run of four games without a win in La Liga with a valuable 2-1 victory over Sevilla last week and they will hope this is the start of a more positive run for them.
They have plenty of motivation to string some decent results together after all. Going into this weekend’s fixtures, they are 8th in the table, just four points adrift of 4th placed Levante.
After finishing just a point clear of relegation last season, they have a chance to really improve this year with the next few weeks sure to shape the remainder of their season.
If they are to get something from Monday’s trip to Granada though, they will need to improve on their recent form on the road. They have only won once away from home since the 21st November.
As for Granada, well they are two points above the drop zone as things stand, meaning that all games are crucial, particular those in front of their home fans.
The pressure has been lifted slightly with the excellent away win at Real Betis last time out though, a result which came on the back of three successive defeats.
Revenge will be on the mind of the Granada players too. When these two teams met earlier this season, Malaga ran out comfortable 4-0 winners with former Villarreal midfielder Santiago Cozorla a particular thorn in their side that day.
If Granada are to avoid slipping into further relegation trouble, they need to avoid a repeat of this and ideally, get their own back with three extremely valuable points.
This fixture concludes the weekend’s action in La Liga of course, but this doesn’t take anything away from how important it is. These two teams have different ambitions this season, but both will be fighting it out for victory from Monday at 8pm.