Malaga vs Real Madrid
Spain – La Liga
Date: Sunday, 15 April 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Estadio La Rosaleda (Malaga).
Malaga managed to keep their net untouched in back-to-back league outings against the likes of Celta Vigo and Villarreal, but they quickly returned to the old habits shipping three in last weekend’s loss to fellow strugglers Deportivo La Coruna at Riazor. The defeat in La Coruna definitely pushed the Anchovies into Segunda Division. They sit at the very foot of the standings being 14 points below the safe zone line with only seven games left to play.
Jose Gonzalez and his men are now set to host the reigning champions Real Madrid in the last game of the day on Sunday at Estadio La Rosaleda. Los Blancos had a turbulent Champions League night on Wednesday when they almost dropped a huge three-goal cushion from the first leg of their quarterfinal tie with Juventus. Zinedine Zidane’s men were awarded a 93rd-mionute penalty which was successfully converted by Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid thus advanced into the semifinal of the elite competition in spite of losing the second leg 1-3 at Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane’s side will definitely want to fix the impression and boost up the confidence here when they return to domestic affairs. Also, Madrid need a three-pointer here to try and overtake Valencia in the battle for the third place in the Primera Division standings. We can expect to see Gareth Bale from the first minute given that the Welsh superstar generally did not make plenty of starts this season. Malaga are the perfect opposition for Zidane to given him a chance.
Malaga vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head
The Anchovies have never been a tricky opposition for Real Madrid.
Los Blancos won 26 and lost just 1 of 35 encounters with Malaga.
Malaga did offer a strong resistance in November’s clash at Santiago Bernabeu, though. Real Madrid needed a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch a hardly-fought 3-2 victory at the end.
Malaga vs Real Madrid: Prediction
Malaga conceded three goals to the likes of Deportivo La Coruna last weekend. Since Real Madrid are desperate to boost up the confidence after the mentioned loss to Juventus in mid-week, we believe the hosts might experience a true disaster here.