Malaga will be hoping to win at their eighth attempt on Sunday against Leganes, who can move into the top six of La Liga with victory.
Malaga boss Michel Gonzalez on a ‘moment’ for his strugglers: “We have no choice but to find strength from within.
“It is true that we’ve faced many extreme situations at the start of the season and this is one of them. It’s a moment for these players.”
Leganes boss Asier Garitano on their hosts “deserving more”: “Malaga are a good team and have deserved more this season.
“They have good players and I look forward to facing a team with a lot of desire, like they showed against Athletic.
“They’re a good team, even if they need to win, but they’ll also have uneasiness.”
Malaga (probable): Roberto; Rosales, Luis Hernandez, Baysse, Juankar; Recio, Kuzmanovic; Mula, Adrian, Penaranda; Rolan
Injuries/suspensions: Cenk, Diego Gonzalez, Ricca, Baston (I)
Villarreal (probable): Cuellar; Zaldua, Mauro, Siovas, Raul Garcia; Ruben, Eraso; Brasanc, Gabriel, Szymanowski; Beauvue
Injuries/suspensions: Omar, Serantes (I)
Referee: Gonzalez Gonzalez
Form guide: Malaga (L D L L L) Leganes (D W D L L)
Previous meeting: Leganes 0-0 Malaga
Venue: La Rosaleda
Kick-off time: 17:30 BST/18:30 CET