Malaga vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Malaga vs Barcelona Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Malaga edged closer towards relegation after a 2-0 loss to Leganes last weekend. It was an extremely poor performance from José Manuel Gonzalez’ team, as they had just one shot on target in the entire game. Goals from Eraso and Nordin Amrabat were able to secure a comfortable win for Leganes. Barcelona picked up a narrow 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid to edge closer towards the league title. Lionel Messi came up with a glorious free kick in the 26th minute and it happened to be the only goal of the game.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Malaga claimed a shock win over Barcelona in the last meeting at the La Rosaleda, but there is unlikely to be a repeat of such shock results this time around. Malaga appear resigned towards relegation, but Barcelona have struggled to score goals against Malaga for an inexplicable reason. It is now more than four years since Barcelona scored more than 2.5 goals against Malaga. I would go with a surprise choice of backing Barcelona to score under 2.5 goals.

The forward line up has been the biggest disappointment for Malaga, who have averaged just over 0.5 goals per game this season. While this record shows substantial improvement when it comes to home games, Barcelona have been quite disciplined at the back. I would choose a clean sheet for Ernesto Valverde’s team.

Barcelona to score under 2.5 goals – 4/6

Barcelona clean sheet – 4/5

Malaga saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

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

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Malaga Form Guide

Malaga Team Logo

Malaga

Won

2

Draw

0

Lost

8
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)

L H

16-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Nottingham Forest Team Logo Nottingham Forest

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

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 Preview

Malaga appear resigned to dropping out of the La Liga, as the club slipped to a sixth consecutive loss last weekend. The lack of any fighting spirit against a Leganes outfit, which has also been struggling for form, is a bad sign indeed. Malaga now need eight points to get in touch with Levante and the situation could only get worse in the coming weeks. After having managed only 16 goals in the 27 league matches, it is not surprising that Malaga have been rooted to the bottom of the table for several weeks. Gonzalo Castro and Diego Rolan are the club’s top scorers with only three goals each.

Malaga Team News

Adalberto Penaranda (hamstring), Adrian Gonzalez (knee), Recio (knee), and Juan Carlos (cruciate ligament) are unavailable for the match.

Barcelona Preview

Barcelona took a major step towards reclaiming the La Liga title after a crucial home victory over Atletico Madrid. The eight-point advantage over Atletico looks sizeable with 11 matches left in the campaign. This should help manager Ernesto Valverde focus on the upcoming Champions League game against Chelsea. Despite the win over Atletico, doubts about the club’s attacking form continue to creep. Barcelona have now scored over 2.5 goals only once since February. Lionel Messi, though, was able to secure a slender advantage in the La Liga Golden Boot race after scoring his 24th goal of the season last weekend.

Barcelona Team News

Andres Iniesta suffered a hamstring injury in the win over Atletico Madrid, while the other injury concerns for Ernesto Valverde happen to be Nelson Semedo (hamstring), Sergi Samper (ankle), Marc Cardona (thigh), and José Manuel Arnaiz (groin).

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 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 vs Barcelona Sidelined Players

Malaga
8 Adrian Gonzalez Injured
- Juankar Injured
16 Adalberto Penaranda Injured
14 Jose Recio Injured
Barcelona
6 Denis Suarez Injured
8 Andres Iniesta Injured
2 Nelson Semedo Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Roberto 191 94
15 RB Federico Ricca 179 71
2 CD Ignasi Miquel 193 85
4 CD Luis Hernandez 182 74
18 LB Roberto Rosales 174 67
25 CM Mehdi Lacen 176 74
11 RM Gonzalo Castro 176 76
7 CM Manuel Iturra 174 76
21 LM Samuel Garcia 178 65
24 CF Diego Rolan 179 69
26 CF Youssef En-Nesyri 188 75
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen 187 85
3 CD Gerard Pique 194 85
20 LB Sergi Roberto 178 70
23 CD Samuel Umtiti 183 84
18 RB Jordi Alba 170 68
5 CM Sergio Busquets 189 78
15 CM Paulinho 181 81
4 CM Ivan Rakitic 184 78
11 LF Ousmane Dembele 178 70
9 CF Luis Suarez 182 85
14 RF Philippe Coutinho 172 68