Preview - Malaga vs Barcelona March 11 2018

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Mar 10, 2018, 06:12 AM Last Edit: Mar 10, 2018, 06:17 AM by Harry85
Match Day 28
Malaga vs Barcelona
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: La Rosaleda

Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.6
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Castro and Diego Rolan (3)

Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match: 2.6
Average goals against per match: 0.5
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (24)

Mismatches don't come much bigger than this. It's bottom vs top in La Liga this weekend as Barcelona travel to Malaga.

Andres Iniesta misses out for Barca, whilst this looks to be the ideal opportunity to rest centre back Gerard Pique in an effort to protect his fragile fitness for the bigger tests to come. Ernesto Valverde may make a couple of changes to his side with a midweek Champions League clash with Chelsea arriving hot on the heels of this fixture. Whichever side he puts out though should have way too much for this woeful Malaga side.

Having scored just the once in their past seven games at La Rosalada, Malaga have suffered three times as many red cards over that period, which really is emblematic of their season to date. A lack of discipline and a lack of goals has meant that the writing has been on the wall for José González's men for some time now.

Barca will arrive on something of a high following their victory over nearest pursuers Atletico Madrid last week. An eight point lead at the top should be more than enough to see them through until the end of the season.

Unbeaten in La Liga and with Philippe Coutinho beginning to slot nicely into the side, we don't envisage any slip-ups here. Barca by four in a one sided contest.

Prediction: Malaga 0-4 Barcelona


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 6 - 20
Shots on target: 2 - 9
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 24% - 76%

The first time Juan Marinez reached for his notebook in this match it was to issue a straight red card to Samuel Garcia in the 30th minute. Manuel Iturra later received a yellow card for Malaga, whilst Luis Suarez was booked late on for Barca.

No Lionel Messi for Barca here with the little magician being given a well-earned rest ahead of the midweek clash with Chelsea. Bearing that looming Champions League clash in mind, it was however a little surprising to see Gerard Pique line up from the start.

Luis Suarez had already gone close having forced Roberto Jimenéz into a smart stop in the 13th minute, and just two minutes later the little Uruguayan did break the deadlock. Jordi Alba lofted in an inviting cross from deep to find Suarez in space. A stationary Jimenéz could only watch on as his header found the top corner.

13 minutes later it was 0-2 and as good as all over. Ousmane Démbéle finding Philippe Coutinho in the box and the Brazilian producing a delightful backheeled finish across the keeper.

Barely a week seems to go but without Malaga suffering some sort of disciplinary disaster and they didn't disappoint here. It took just 30 minutes for the home side to be reduced to ten men, Samuel Garcia being issued with a straight red for scything down Jordi Alba.

The only real surprise for the remainder of the game was that Barca didn't find the net again. With the points in safe keeping though, they merely cruised to the final whistle.

With Atletico Madrid not playing until tomorrow, Barcelona extend their lead at the top of La Liga to 11 points. 11 points is also the exact number Malaga are away from safety in what has become a lost cause of a season.

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