Match preview: #DéporMálaga

Málaga CF is heading to Galicia to face RC Deportivo at Abanca-Riazor stadium tomorrow, Wednesday (21:00) in the first leg of the first promotion play-off tie to LaLiga Santander.


11/06/2019 14:29

The match between the Deportivistas and Malaguistas pits two teams that ended LaLiga 1|2|3 in 6th place (68 points) and 3rd place (74 points) respectively. In the first-round clash, held in Galicia, Málaga CF came home with a draw (1-1, with a goal from Malaguista, N’Diaye).

César Soto Grado from Castilla La-Mancha (from the Rioja school) will be officiating. This season is his debut in the category, and the second time he’ll officiate Málaga CF in an official game. Last time, Málaga CF lost 0-1 to Granada CF at La Rosaleda.


Players in common RC Deportivo-Málaga CF

Yosu, Alberto Luque, Juan Rodríguez, Saúl, Schürrer, Munúa, Adrián López, Luis Alberto, Rubén, Albentosa and Borja Bastón

(*) There was a Deportivo de La Coruña player, Senel, who played for Málaga B

Coaches in common RC Deportivo-Málaga CF

Víctor Sánchez del Amo

Players in common RC Deportivo-CD Málaga

Lezama, Elzo, Gamonal, Bazán, Chao, Muñiz, Carrillo, Juan, Gento II, Carlos Torres, Ruiz, Mané, Albis, Belman and Kirov

Coaches in common RC Deportivo-CD Málaga

Helenio Herrera, Iturraspe, Otxoa and Pons

(*) There are the cases of the legendary Juan Arza, a CD Málaga player in the 1942/43 campaign, who was Deportivo de La Coruña coach, along with Carlos Torres, who played for CD Málaga and was a player and coach with Deportivo

Players who debuted with Málaga CF against Deportivo de La Coruña at Riazor

  • Josemi (RC Deportivo 4-0 Málaga CF, 17/06/2001)
  • Obinna (RC Deportivo 1-0 Málaga CF, 13/09/2009)
  • Ochoa (RC Deportivo 1-1 Málaga CF, 03/12/2014)

To take into account

  • There are no Málaga CF players on the brink of suspension as the regular pase of the competition has ended.
  • Adrián is MCF’s league 'pichichi' with 10 goals. Quique González, with 16 goals, is Deportivo’s highest scorer.
  • Away from home, Málaga CF has obtained 9 victories, 7 draws and 5 defeats (34 points), scoring 23 goals and conceding 17, in LaLiga 1|2|3.
  • At home in the league competition, Deportivo de La Coruña has obtained 10 victories, 8 draws and 3 defeats, scoring 31 goals and conceding 14.
  • VSDA’s Málaga ends the 18/19 campaign the same way the team started, with five consecutive victories. Dépor, since the arrival of Martí (matchday 34) has obtained 4 victories, 2 draws and 3 defeats out of 9 games, scoring 9 goals and conceding 7.

Stats and facts

  • The first time Málaga CF will take part in the First Division play-offs.
  • Málaga CF has visited Riazor stadium 18 times for official matches (15 in the First Division, 1 in the Second Division and 2 in the Copa del Rey). The Malaguista balance of results is 1 victory, 4 draws and 13 defeats.
  • The first Malaguista international debuted at Riazor. Pedro Bazán played the match between the Spain and Portugal ‘B’ teams, which ended in a victory for Spain by 5-2, on 20th March 1949. Bazán scored the partial 3-1 with a header into goal.


VSDA’s match

Víctor Sánchez del Amo was an outstanding player with Deportivo de La Coruña, forming part of the Galician outfit that won the historic First Division League title in the 1999/00 season. Then as coach, he headed up the Riazor side in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, for a total of 50 matches (46 in the First Division and 4 in the Copa del Rey).

Málaga CF coach since matchday 35. In his 8 games at the helm of Málaga CF (counting the 0-1 win against CF Reus in a match that wasn’t played), Víctor’s men obtained 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat, with a balance of 17 goals scored and 5 conceded. His debut was the AD Alcorcón 1-4 Málaga CF match, the biggest away win for the Malaguistas this season.

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