Two different teams with very different ambitions. Malaga had their squad prepared and near to completion in June whilst Granada was forced to wait until late August to make the most of last minute bargain deals. As such, some of the new arrivals have not even had a chance to properly integrate into the team.
Yet despite the overall quality of Malaga, Granada are optimistic that they can get something out of the game and have assured the public of their intention to provide a real spectacle. They will need to focus at the back to keep the Malaga strikers at bay whilst the home side will play their usual style of possession football, aiming to create as many chances as possible.
Malaga (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Gamez, Di Michelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu; Toulalan; Apono; Joaquin, Rondon, Cazorla; Van Nistelrooy
Granada (4-3-3): Roberto; Nyom, Pamarot, Mainz, Siqueira; Gomes, Lucena, Rico; Jaime, Ighalo, Benitez
League form:Malaga last five home L-W-W-W-D
Granada last five away D-L-D-L-W
Did you know…These two teams have faced each other only 12 times in la Primera Division. Malaga won three of the matches, Granada won four and the rest ended in a draw.