Alberto Bueno, a 29-year-old from Porto, is not the name that the Malaga fans hoped to read among the company’s market goals in the winter market. Reserve in both Granada and Leganes, where he played on loan in the past two seasons, Bueno would not improve the quality of the rose to the point that it allows the company of the qatariot Al Thani to get salvation. In the last weeks of 2017 there was rumor of a possible resounding return of Sandro Ramirez, unused in Everton, but most likely Sandro will end up in Villarreal, which in the meantime has also earned money from the sale of Bakambu in China.

Already eliminated from the Cup of the King in the sixteenth, at the Malaga you just have to think about the championship and salvation. In the first official match of 2018 will face a rather unpredictable team, Espanyol, which this season is showing significant difficulties to score with continuity and, in general, to play away. Last Thursday he lost 2-1 at home the first leg match of the second round of the Cup of the King, against the Levant, while deploying all the strikers. The most recent game of the championship was instead the surprising victory at home for 1-0 against Atletico Madrid.

In the Espanyol will miss only the central Oscar Duarte, who was hurt a knee in the game of the King’s Cup. Considering the general quality of the rose, they risk being instead much more influential absences in Malaga. Adrian Gonzalez, probably the most tactically versatile player on the trocar, is disqualified, and also has a muscle problem. In attack will be missed by the striker Diego Rolan, due to an inflammation of the Achilles tendon of his right foot (and may be missing for a long time). The left outside Juankar, now absent for over a month, finally decided to work, for the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee: to see him again on the pitch this season will be very difficult.
The probable formations

MALAGA (4-4-2): Roberto Jimenez; Rosales, Luis Hernandez, Baysse, Diego Gonzalez; Recio, Iturra, Chory Castro, Keko Gontan; Penaranda, Borja Baston (or En-Nesyri).
ESPANYOL (4-3-3): Pau López; Javi Lopez, David Lopez, Mario Hermoso, Aaron Martin; Granero, Sergi Darder, Fuego; Baptistao, Sergio Garcia, Gerard Moreno.
Prediction Today: 0-0
Odds: 1.77

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