Barcelona vs Malaga Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.
Barcelona vs Malaga
Liga BBVA 2016/17
19th November 2016, 15:15 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Barcelona Team News & Preview
Barcelona host Malaga in La Liga this weekend, and the Spanish champions will be looking to close the gap with arch rivals Real Madrid with a win at home.
Real Madrid take on Atlético Madrid in their game, and there is a good chance of Los Blancos dropping some points. If Barcelona can pick up a win here, they could climb to the top of the table this weekend.
Barcelona have kept just one clean sheet in their last four matches, and will need to improve at the back. Barcelona are back to winning ways at home after their victory over Granada and Deportivo. Prior to that, they crashed to a 2-1 loss to Alaves and a 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid.
Luis Suárez will miss out due to suspension. Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba are close to full fitness and could start. Samuel Umtiti is ruled out for a week. Andres Iniesta is the only other injury worry for the home side.
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Gomes, Busquets; Messi, Alcacer, Neymar
Malaga Team News & Preview
Meanwhile, Malaga are in impressive form as well, and will look to pull off an upset here.
The away side have lost just one of their last five league games, and will be confident heading into this game. Although their away form needs improving, they are good enough to trouble the home side this week.
The away side will be without some of their key players for the trip to Camp Nou.
Ignacio Camacho is suspended due to an accumulation of bookings. Weligton is out, injured along with Charles, Keko, Recio and Castro.
Predicted Malaga Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Kameni; Rosales, Villanueva, Torres, Ricca; Llorente, Fornals; Ontiveros, Juanpi, Juankar; Ramirez
Barcelona vs Malaga Key Stats
Barcelona have won 15 of their last 18 matches against Malaga in all competitions.
Barcelona are undefeated in 28 of their last 31 home matches in La Liga.
Malaga have failed to win their last 8 away matches in La Liga.
Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches in La Liga.
Malaga have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches in La Liga.
Barcelona vs Malaga Betting Tips
There have been over 2.5 goals (3/10) scored in 5 of Barcelona’s last 6 games in La Liga. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Malaga’s last 3 games in La Liga. Bet on a high scoring game here.
Barcelona have a tremendous record against Malaga. Get them to win at 2/15.
Malaga and Barcelona have been scoring freely this season. Get both teams to score at 1/1.
Barcelona vs Malaga Prediction
Malaga are no pushovers, but Barcelona are far too superior in comparison.
Furthermore, Juande Ramos‘s men have been quite poor away from home. Barcelona are in superb form right now and should be able to extend their good record against Malaga with another win.
Three points for the home side seems likely.
Barcelona 3-1 Malaga
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