On August 27th, what was supposed to be the second match of our season ended up being the first after the first-week derby with Betis was bumped back following the players’ strike. We welcomed Málaga then and bit our nails following Cazorla’s late goal, which rendered our early 2-0 margin (courtesy of Negredo) a distant memory. At the time, this looked like a very significant victory considering Málaga’s new-oil pedigree and what appeared to be strong roster. Looking at the current table, we appear to be evenly matched and very inconsistent teams. It’s been more than 6 weeks since either side has won a match in La Liga, and thus both ships are floundering behind the competition for the Europa/Champions places that we were supposed to be competing for. A win for either side would push us past several other teams (results pending) and possibly into a tie for 6th (in our case).
Kanouté has been a last minute scratch this time because of some unknown injury. Would we have been better off to sell him this January? Babá has travelled with the team (as has Perotti), so Marcelino’s options up top will be more plentiful than in recent weeks. Spahic was thought to possibly miss this encounter with some wear and tear, but he is also on the bus. Tom del Mul also travelled south. Road trip!!!!
In other player news, Los Reyes Magos have returned wayward son Juan Cala to us from AEK Athens where he was out on loan until May. He will not play. But will Luna? Will Perotti? Will Babá????? Watch and find out!