Barcelona vs Malaga Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Barcelona vs Malaga Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

Barcelona lost the 100% record after only managing a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the recent game. After Saul Niguez had given Atletico a lead with a long-range effort in the 21st minute, Barcelona had several opportunities to equalise. Yet, the crucial goal did not come unto 82nd minute when Luis Suarez equalised for the club. Barcelona did make a return to winning ways by beating Olympiakos 3-1 in the Champions League. Malaga lost yet another league match, as Leganes picked up a 2-0 win at the La Rosaleda. Goals from Gabriel and Alexander Szymanowski were able to secure the win. Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Luis Suarez has never scored against Malaga in his four appearances, but the striker comes into the game after having scored three goals in as many appearances for the club and country. Suarez will be taking a key role in the team in the absence of players like Ousmane Dembele. Even though Lionel Messi is the top scorer at Barcelona, he has scored just once in the last six games against Malaga. I would go with Suarez to score anytime. Surprisingly, this game has been a low scoring affair with just one of the last six meetings producing more than 2.5 goals. Barcelona may be the top scorers in the division, but Malaga have conceded more than 2.5 goals only once in the four away matches this season. There is a greater possibility of another low scoring game, and I would go with under 2.5 goals.

Luis Suarez to score anytime — 1/3

Total goals under 2.5 – 7/2

Barcelona scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

Barcelona have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 10 games against Malaga

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Barcelona Form Guide

Barcelona Team Logo

Barcelona

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
L A

10-04-2018

Champions League Final Stage

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

17-04-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

21-04-2018

Copa del Rey

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 0 - 5

(HT 0 - 3)

W A

29-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 2)

D H

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

09-05-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 5 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

L A

13-05-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 5 - 4

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

16-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Mamelodi Sundowns FC Team Logo Mamelodi Sundowns FC

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Malaga Form Guide

Malaga Team Logo

Malaga

Won

2

Draw

1

Lost

7
D A

18-03-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

01-04-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

06-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

15-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

19-04-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

22-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

30-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

13-05-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

L H

19-05-2018

Primera Division

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Barcelona Preview

The recent match against Atletico Madrid may have seen the first dropped points of the season for Barcelona, but the club still remain as the best team in the La Liga by a significant margin. The form of the club has been profound at the Camp Nou. Barcelona have been able to win all of the league matches at the Camp Nou in 2016 and they last dropped points at home in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid back in December 2016. The goals from Lionel Messi has been a significant factor in helping Barcelona make a strong start to the season, and the Argentine is already up to 11 for the season.

Barcelona Team News

Ousmane Dembele (hamstring), Rafinha (meniscus), and Jordi Alba (groin) are the players doubtful for the match.

Malaga Preview

Malaga’s poor form continues with the team without a win even after eight games into the season. The draw with Athletic Bilbao has provided the only source of points for the team. As a result, doubts and questions surround the future of manager Michel, whose arrival was instrumental in keeping the club in the division last season. Yet, it becomes difficult to see Michel staying on if results do not improve. Malaga have been able to score only four goals with three of those coming in the game against Athletic Bilbao. Diego Rolan is the top scorer at the club with two goals.

Malaga Team News

Recio is the player suspended for the game. He is joined by Zdravko Kuzmanovic (calf), Diego Gonzalez (knee), and Miguel Angel Cifuentes (toe) due to injury. Players like Juan Carlos (thigh), Borja Baston (hamstring), and Roberto Jimenez (thigh) are doubtful for the game.

Barcelona Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Malaga Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Barcelona vs Malaga Sidelined Players

Barcelona
11 Ousmane Dembele Injured
12 Rafinha Injured
7 Arda Turan Injured
Malaga
6 Zdravko Kuzmanovic Injured
14 Jose Recio Suspended

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen 187 85
20 LB Sergi Roberto 178 70
14 CD Javier Mascherano 174 74
19 RB Lucas Digne 178 74
23 CD Samuel Umtiti 180 75
4 CM Ivan Rakitic 184 78
5 CM Sergio Busquets 189 76
8 CM Andres Iniesta 171 68
9 RF Luis Suarez 182 85
10 CF Lionel Messi 170 72
16 LF Gerard Deulofeu 171 68
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Andres Prieto 193 87
18 LB Roberto Rosales 174 67
4 CD Luis Hernandez 182 74
22 CD Paul Baysse 184 82
7 RB Juankar 179 72
20 CM Keko 172 68
5 CDM Esteban Rolon 175 70
8 CDM Adrian Gonzalez 184 75
16 CM Adalberto Penaranda 185 78
11 CM Gonzalo Castro 176 76
24 CF Diego Rolan 179 69