Preview - Malaga vs Atletico Madrid 10 Feb

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Match Day 23
Malaga vs Atletico Madrid
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
23:15 (GMT +8)
Stadium: La Rosaleda

Last five matches: L D D L L
Average goals per match: 0.6
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Castro (3)
Atletico Madrid:
Last five matches: W W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 0.4
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (9)

Atletico Madrid fought hard last weekend to defeat Valencia 1-0 and stay alive in the title race against Barcelona. Even with the win, they are still 9 points behind the leaders, but Atleti remain hopeful. After a tough match on Sunday, Los Rojiblancos will be happy to visit Malaga, who are dead last in the La Liga table.

Malaga seem to be on the road to end their streak of 10 consecutive years in the top flight. They have the least amount of goals scored (14) in Spain and have conceded the third most (35).

Getting a goal versus Atletico Madrid will be difficult for the Andalusians as the Madrid side have the stoutest defense in La Liga, conceding only 9 goals--yes, they have even conceded less than Barcelona. However, their goal scoring rate could be better, as they have only managed 33 in 22 matches.

Malaga are desperate for points and will be in an all out attack mode searching for a goal. This sets up perfectly for Atletico, as they are a counter attacking side and will be able to find forwards Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa in space behind the home side's defense.

History is on Atleti's side, with them emerging victorious in each of the last four meetings between the clubs.

Atletico may have a hard time scoring, but Malaga have such a leaky defense that this should be a match for Atletico to win by more than one goal.

Prediction: Malaga 0-2 Atletico Madrid


Half Time: 0-1
Full Time: 0-1
Shots: 8-4
Shots on target: 3-1
Corner Kicks: 3-3
Possession: 52-48

Antoine Griezmann got an early goal to hand Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory over Malaga.

Atletico Madrid seemed to have scored a goal before the match even started. Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring 45 seconds into the match. A long throw in from Atletico in Malaga territory landed at the feet of Saul Niguez at the top of the box. The young Spaniard took a shot but it was blocked by a Malaga defender. Antoine Griezmann was very quick to react to the rebound and found himself with only goalkeeper Roberto to beat. The Frenchman made no mistake and calmly slotted the ball home. Griezmann pulled out a jersey with the name Nacho Barbera on the back. His goal dedication went to a 16 year old who passed away suddenly in the middle of a match last week.

Atleti would get a chance to double their lead in the 16th minute. Sime Vrsaljko put in a great cross that Diego Costa acrobatically directed at goal, but the referee deemed that Costa had fouled Roberto Rosales on the play.

Malaga were close to the equalizer in the 18th minute through Brown Ideye. Right back Roberto Rosales sent a great cross from a free kick into the box which Ideye rose up to meet beautifully but the ball grazed the outside of the post and went out for a goal kick.

Atletico Madrid had a case for a penalty kick when goalkeeper Roberto slammed into Jose Maria Gimenez in an attempt to clear a cross. The referee, however, failed to blow the whistle. Roberto was reckless, clattering into the Uruguayan who remained on the ground for a few minutes.

Malaga would have the first opportunity of the second half. Captain Roberto Rosales stepped up to take a free kick, which he directed toward the top corner, forcing Jan Oblak to make a great save. Wonderful effort by Rosales. The Venezuelan had been the bright spot for Malaga up to that point. He made dangerous runs up and down the right side, putting in crosses for his teammates and making crucial defensive stops as well.

The quest for the equalizer would become even more difficult as Malaga were forced to play with 10 men. Mehdi Lacen and Fernando Torres bumped heads and the Algerian went down in obvious pain. Malaga had already used their three substitutions and were unable to replace Lacen.

Atletico would hold on to win 1-0. They are now six points behind leaders Barcelona, awaiting the result in the Catalan's game tomorrow versus Getafe.

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