Málaga CF will welcome UD Ibiza to La Rosaleda on matchday 42, the final LaLiga SmartBank match of the 22/23 season. Kick-off is on Saturday at 18:30.
The Malaguistas, in 19th place with 43 points, face this rival in 21st place with 33 points. Both teams will compete in the Primera Federación next season.
The match will be officiated by Álvaro Moreno Aragón. The 32-year-old is in his sixth season in the Second Division (124 matches). This season he has refereed MCF three times, two away from home (1-0 defeat against Levante UD; and a 0-2 win in Lugo) and one at Martiricos (0-1 defeat against Real Racing Club). Heading up the VAR is Gorka Sagués Oscoz.
Players in common Málaga CF-UD Ibiza
Kellyan and Cifuentes
(*) Mike Cevallos, former Malaguista homegrown player, belonged to UD Ibiza in the 21/22 season
Coaches in common Málaga CF-UD Ibiza
(*) Javi Baraja, ex UD Ibiza coach, was a Málaga B player (04/05)
Should he play, Juande will reach 100 official matches with MCF. Up to now he has played 96 Second Division games and three in the Copa del Rey as a Blue and White.
Rubén Castro, with 10 goals, is the top Malaguista scorer. Cristian Herrera is the rival ‘pichichi’ with nine goals.
At home in the league competition, Málaga CF have accumulated seven victories, eight draws and five defeats (29 points), scoring 19 goals and conceding 16.
Away from home in LaLiga SmartBank, UD Ibiza have obtained two wins, five draws and 13 defeats (11 points), scoring 11 goals and conceding 34.
Stats and facts
The second time UD Ibiza will visit La Rosaleda in the Second Division. The last time was on matchday 24 of the 21/22 season, ending in a 0-5 win for Ibiza.
Ibiza played another two official matches in Málaga. One at the Federación Malagueña de Fútbol ground against Atlético Malagueño in Segunda División B (1-1 in 18/19) and another at the Ciudad de Málaga Stadium against UE Cornellà (1-2 win for the outfit from Catalonia) in the Second Division promotion playoffs (19/20).
In the past seven seasons MCF played in the silver division, on matchday 42, the Blue and Whites obtained four victories, one draw and two defeats. The most memorable, in the 07/08 season, gave Málaga Club de Fútbol their last promotion to the First Division, defeating CD Tenerife at La Rosaleda (2-1) with an unforgettable brace from Antonio Hidalgo.