Monday, December 11, 2023

UD Ibiza – Málaga CF: Three points and something more

If Málaga CF wants to show that it is a strong candidate for promotion, it has to show it in this type of match. “The most important match” that the blue and white team has faced so far comes this Sunday in Can Misses in front of UD Ibiza (4:00 p.m.). Second against third, and only two points difference between them. Pellicer’s men, plagued by casualties, arrive at the islands with the opportunity to hit the table and make it clear that they are not in that position by chance.

High-flying match. The best of the day, without a doubt, in First RFEF. The light blue team is second, with 26 points, just two points behind the leader, Castellón, while Sergio Pellicer’s team are third, two points behind their rival in Can Misses.

The blue and white team travels with casualties, and one of them, at the last minute, is of special importance. Kevin Medina does not arrive on time for the appointment in Ibiza. The blue and white youth player spent the entire week training at a slow pace due to a concussion suffered in the last match against Córdoba and finally he has not been able to enter the list of 20 players who will face the celestial team this Sunday in Can Misses (4:00 p.m.).

The absence of the Malaga winger is a major setback for Pellicer. Kevin was being one of the players with the most participation on the squad, He had had minutes in the 11 matches played to dateand in 10 of them starting from the starting eleven.

Possible substitutes

Kevin’s absence will further limit a blue and white attack that is not overstretched. If Pellicer does not change his scheme, the logical thing is that they are Juan Hernández or Haitam those who replace him in the eleven. The first has more possibilities, due to Haitam’s recent recovery. Antonio Cordero’s option is also there.

Sergio Pellicer gives instructions to his players. Malaga CF

In the rest of the eleven, Málaga CF also has limitations, although they managed to recover Víctor García and Moussa at the last minute, but they will not start. The team also has multiple casualties in the midfield such as Luca Sangalli, Manu Molina, Juanpe and Ramón. So Pellicer only has Genaro and Dani Lorenzo as pure midfielders for the first team.

With this panorama, there is little doubt in the eleven that Málaga CF will take in Can Misses. Alfonso Herrero will continue in goal. The defense will be made up of Jokin Gabilondo, Nélson Monte, Murillo and Dani Sánchez. Ahead in the double pivot, Genaro and Dani Lorenzo. The bands will be for David Larrubia and probably, Juan Hernandez -Haitam or Cordero could also come in at the end. And above it will play Dioni and Roberto.

The first serious test of the season arrives for Málaga CF. A duel against a direct rival, one of those matches ‘6 points’ where it’s time to show your face, despite the losses. Without excuses.


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