Villarreal's head-to-head record against Malaga is not too bad: in the Primera, we are 8-8-8 against them--but while we have dominated at home, we have struggled on the road. Villarreal have won only twice in 12 tries in La Rosaleda--5 draws, 5 losses.
These two teams seem to always play tight affairs--of those 24 matches, only one was decided by three goals and five by two. Ten were decided by one goal, and of course there have been eight draws. Expect another close match this time.
The last Villarreal victory on the road against the boquerones came in 2010-11, and oddly enough, that was also the fifth league match of the campaign (though it was played on a Monday and finished off that weekend's set of fixtures). It was a wild match, with five goals in the first half and a sending off. Eliseu, who opened the scoring in the fourth minute, was sent off the pitch in the 41st; Santi Cazorla's two goals and one from Rossi, sandwiched around a Salomon Rondon marker, gave the Submarine a 3-2 lead at the break, and that's the way it ended.
What will this year's match bring?