Malaga will want to capitalise on their break from European football with a win at home to struggling Granada.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side, already assured of qualification to the Champions League last 16, drew 2-2 with Anderlecht on Tuesday.
“In every game we have been convinced that we can win,” declared the Chilean, but his team must now carry that conviction into La Liga if they are to qualify for the tournament again next year. They are currently 5th with 22 points after last Saturday’s disappointing loss to Getafe.
Granada boss Juan Antonio Anquela certainly isn’t lacking conviction judging by his dramatic claim that he would die for his players last weekend. After a goalless draw at home to relegation rivals Espanyol perhaps wasn’t the best time to express such sentiments though.
El Grana are 18th with 12 points and defeat at La Rosaleda could well see Anquela become the season’s third coaching casualty.
Kick off: Saturday December 8, 5.00 (BST)