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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 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18

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