Monday Night La Liga Preview
At 20:00 UK time, the live on Sky video Monday night tradition continues as Jesualdo Ferreira's Malaga attempt to build on Thursdays win at Getafe when they take on the Yellow Submarines of Villarreal at La Rosaleda.
If Malaga (15/8) are to build on their second away win of the season, then they must pick up points on a home ground where they have played two and lost two so far this season.
A 100% away record coupled with a 0% record at home is a bizarre start for a middling team in a league where home advantage usually counts for so much. Of course, given that The Anchovies lost to Valencia (3-1) and Sevilla (2-1), you could just argue that Malaga have been beaten by two of the top five teams in the league.
Perhaps strength of opposition is to blame for Malaga's home start. One would assume that they are not folding under the pressure of their home fans expectations as the team are not subjected to booing when not ahead, and that is often a factor with other teams that follow a similar pattern.
Ferreria does have speedy wingers in Eliseu (11/1 to score first, 4/1 anytime) and Quincy Owusu - Abeyie (15/2 to score first, 9/4 anytime) and they have certainly helped when counter attacking away from home.
Attacking is something Malaga's young Venezuelan, Rondon (13/2 to score first, 15/8 anytime), has been doing well as he has scored the first goal in each of his last two games.
Scoring more prolifically than anyone else taking to the pitch today is Villarreal's Brazilian forward, Nilmar (9/2 to score first, 6/5 anytime), who has treated us to some outstanding finishing recently, currently topping the Pichichi charts as a consequence.
Nilmar scored the only goal in Villarreal's 1-0 home defeat of Deportivo on Thursday night, but teammate Giuseppe Rossi (5/1 to score first, 5/4 anytime) should also be considered due to his undoubted talent.
Villarreal (6/4) are a team with undoubted attacking talent, but besides beating Levante away from home last weekend, are usually very poor on their travels.
Some of you may fancy the home team wins theory tonight, others may fancy Villarreal. Due to form of Nilmar, I think travel shy Villarreal will gain a point.
For potential scorelines: I like the look of 1-1 (priced at 6/1) and, to a slightly lesser extent, 2-2 (14/1 price).
Given that that every Monday night La Liga game played so far this season has produced exactly four goals, it might be worth considering the same number in tonight's game should you believe in such things - available at 5/1.
Finally, for anybody who likes the both teams to score market: Yes (4/6) seems the likely winner tonight but should you disagree, no can be backed at 11/10.
Recommendation: Draw (11/5)
Worth a punt: Nilmar first scorer (9/2)
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