Our prediction for this Segunda Division match:
All eyes will be on Estadio La Rosaleda when Malaga and Girona face each other on Sunday afternoon. Malaga failed to win the previous six league fixtures, but it seems as if their performances are much better than the results. Los Boquerones aim to move a little closer to the playoffs berth, but the game against Girona will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
The Catalan side, on the other hand, moved one step closer to securing a top-eight finish thanks to a 2-0 win over Numancia. Uruguay international Cristhian Stuani, who scored his 24th goal of the season against los Numantinos, will be the man to watch in the away team. Considering that Malaga forward Hicham suffered an injury in the goalless draw with Lugo, we are tempted to put our money on Girona, who regained a much-needed confidence in midweek.
Highlighted Player (Juanpi):
Born in Caracas, Venezuela on 24 January, 1994, Juan Pablo Anor Acosta played for the likes of Loyola, Caracas and Malaga during his youth career. Juanpi is still part of Malaga and he plays for the La Liga outfit as an attacking midfielder and his side positions are right wing and central midfield. The Venezuelan footballer is well known for his speed and his brilliant technique.
Juanpi made his La Liga debut on 29 August, 2014, coming as a substitute in the 75th minute of a 3-0 defeat at Valencia. The pacey footballer scored his first goal for Malaga on 6 January, 2015 in a Copa del Rey game against Levante. Juanpi represented Venezuela U17 team at the 2011 South American Championship and he made two appearances for Venezuela U20 team as well.
On 14 November, 2014 Juanpi made his debut for the senior team, coming as a substitute in a 5-0 loss to Chile. The Venezuelan ace scored his first goal for the Venezuelan national team in a 2-2 draw with Argentina in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286.
Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well.
The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.