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Match preview: SportingMálaga

Málaga CF is heading to Asturias to face Real Sporting de Gijón on LaLiga SmartBank matchday 40.

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12/07/2020 15:28

The Blue and Whites, in 14th position in the standings with 49 points, are up against Sporting with 51 points and in 12th place. The match will be held at El Molinón-Enrique Castro ‘Quini’ this Monday 13th July at 19:30 (Movistar LaLiga).

The match will be officiated by Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos, who has refereed Málaga CF on five occasions: four in the Second Division and once in the promotion play-offs, resulting in three draws and two defeats for the Malaguistas. David Pérez Pallas is in charge of the VAR.

 

Players in common Sporting de Gijón-Málaga CF

Emilio, Rafa, Cañizares, Ismael, Lekovic, Popovic, Rodrigão, Cristian Díaz, Calandria, Diego Castro, Pina, Molinero, Xavi Torres, Duje Cop, Michael Santos, Jony and Luis Hernández

(*) Former Malaguistas Saúl and Gascón played for Sporting de Gijón B

Coaches in common Sporting de Gijón-Málaga CF

José Manuel Díaz Novoa

Players in common Sporting de Gijón-CD Málaga

Moro*, Camilo Liz*, Bachiller, Gundemaro, García, Comas, Cesáreo López, Vera, Beascoechea, Pellicer and Megido

(*) Under the CD Malacitano name

Coaches in common Sporting de Gijón-CD Málaga

None

Players who debuted with Málaga CF against Sporting de Gijón at El Molinón-Enrique Castro ‘Quini’

Keidi Bare (Sporting de Gijón 2-2 Málaga CF, 11/11/2018)

 

To take into account

  • Tete Morente, Mikel and injured Pacheco, with four yellow cards, are the Malaguistas on the verge of suspension.
  • Sadiku, with 13 goals, is the highest Malaguista scorer. Aitor García, with seven goals, is the rival’s top scorer.
  • Málaga CF has conceded the fewest goals in the category, 31 out of 39 games. As such, Munir is leading the ‘Zamora’ of the division.
  • MCF have kept a clean sheet for five consecutive matches and seven on the bounce without defeat (two victories and five draws – 11 points).
  • Away from home, Málaga CF have claimed three wins, 10 draws and six defeats (19 points), scored nine goals and conceded 13.
  • At home, Sporting de Gijón have accumulated nine victories, five draws and five defeats (32 points) with 26 goals scored and 15 conceded.
  • Adrián played his 100th official match with the Blue and Whites against Deportivo de La Coruña. Since his debut on 21st August 2017 in the Málaga CF 0-1 SD Eibar 2017/18 season opener, his 100 official games are divided as follows: 29 in the First Division, 67 in the Second Division, two in the Copa del Rey and two promotion play-offs.
  • In the last match, Hicham made his scoring debut this season. The Moroccan-born winger did score a goal earlier this campaign with Malagueño.

 

Stats and facts

  • The fifth time Málaga CF will face Sporting de Gijón, at El Molinón-Enrique Castro ‘Quini’, in a Second Division match. Previous games resulted in two victories (1-3 and 0-1 in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons) and two draws (1-1 and 2-2 in the 1998-99 and 2018-19 campaigns).
  • Counting the official matches in the First Division, the Malaguista results away to Sporting total four wins, three draws and three defeats, with 14 goals scored and 12 conceded.
  • On 14th May 1989, CD Málaga faced Sporting de Gijón, on First Division matchday 32. Homegrown player Luis Merino made his debut with CD Málaga that day and it couldn’t have gone better. He scored the two goals that led to the 1-2 win for the Malaguista squad.
  • On matchday 30 of the 2016-17 season, held on 5th April 2017, a goal from Sandro led to victory for Málaga CF against Sporting de Gijón, when both teams were fighting to stay in the category. Following this win, a streak of five victories in the subsequent six league games followed, securing Málaga CF’s place in the top flight of Spanish football.
  • In the past four seasons in the Second Division, on matchday 40, MCF obtained one victory (3-1 against Real Zaragoza) and three draws (3-3 against SD Compostela, 2-2 against UD Almería and 0-0 against Cádiz CF).