Our match prediction:
Having shared the spoils with Osasuna and Espanyol in previous two games in La Liga, Malaga will be looking to record their first win of the season when they take on Villarreal at Estadio La Rosaleda on Saturday evening. Los Boquerones are tough to beat at home, but the upcoming football match against the Yellow Submarine will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Villarreal chiefs added a number of high-profile footballers to the squad in the summer transfer window and the visitors are certainly capable of picking up all three points from the game. However, seeing that Estadio La Rosaleda will host the match, we predict that the two teams are going to play out a low-scoring draw on Matchday 3. Villarreal did well to keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Sevilla and we believe that they are capable of preventing Malaga attackers from scoring as well.
Highligted Player (Roque Santa Cruz):
Roque Santa Cruz is one of the tallest strikers for Paraguay over the years. The 34-year-old striker has last appeared for the Spanish club Malaga on loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul. The lanky striker started his career in the youth teams of Olimpia and made his first-team debut at the age of 15 in 1997. His prolific scoring record with Olimpia earned him a transfer to German giants Bayern Munich in 1999 for a fee of €5 million. The initial promise didn’t convert to reality because of a series of injuries and heavy competition from team mates. His limited impact and appearances restricted his prolific scoring although he won numerous Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern. Santa Cruz joined Manchester City in 2009 but injuries limited his performances. He is currently the all-time leading goal scorer for Paraguay with 32 goals and also the sixth ever player to reach 100 appearances.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Vilarreal managed to reach the Primera Divison for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club couldnt manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Divison. In the last couple of years Villarreal deveped itself to a stable club in the Primera Divsiion. This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3th on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.