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La Rosaleda (ATT 20,000) 12th September 2011 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: E Iturralde Gonzalez

Malaga Malaga vs Granada Granada

Malaga 4

S Cazorla (5, 48)
Joaquin (25, 73)

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Malaga v Granada preview

There'll be a lot of unfamiliarity at La Rosaleda on Monday night as Malaga's new-look squad make their home bow against a Granada team playing their first away fixture in La Liga since 1976.

Last Updated: 12/09/11 8:41am

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Pellegrini: Looking for new boys to shine

Pellegrini: Looking for new boys to shine

The end of Granada's 35 year top flight exile did not bring the desired result after a late Ruben Castro goal consigned them to a 1-0 defeat against Real Betis. It was a disappointing result for Granada, whose strong home form last season - just two defeats - contributed to their promotion.

In fact, it's fair to say their home form was a major contribution given their mediocre away form. Granada picked up just three wins away from Los Carmenes last season, all against sides in the bottom five. Manager Fabri Gonzalez will hope that is dramatically remedied as they prepare to face their Andalucian rivals.

But Malaga didn't have things their own way on the opening weekend either; the burden of expectation fell heavily upon them, as did the boot of Alvaro Negredo, who scored twice in Sevilla's 2-1 defeat. The undoubted highlight for Pellegrini's men, Santi Cazorla's superb free-kick, nothing more than a consolation goal.

Like Granada, they'll hope to improve their form; the difference being Malaga's home form is what threatened them with relegation until Pellegrini and major investment saved them.

Just seven wins and three draws represented the second worst home form in the division with just lowly Almeria outdoing them.

This is a different Malaga, however, with a manager at the helm who won 18 out of 19 home matches when in charge of Real Madrid in 2008/2009. The attacking prowess of Santi Cazorla, Julio Baptista, Isco, Diego Buonanotte, Salomon Rondon and Ruud van Nistelrooy should have enough to break down the smaller teams who will have the temptation to park the bus at La Rosaleda. Granada drew 10 times on the road last season, so will look to stifle Malaga in the first half.

Both Malaga and Granada will hope their fortunes will change ahead of this new season; both will hope their pre-season aspirations - European football and avoiding relegation - can get back on track after a disappointing start to their campaigns.

Best bet: Draw/Malaga HT/FT - 3/1

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25

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