Real Madrid v Málaga will be the next fixture for Los Blancos at Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday (15.15, UK time) in La Liga. Zidane’s side finished their unbeaten record of 40 games with a defeat at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The bad news arrived also in Copa del Rey, where they lost against Celta de Vigo.
Real Madrid v Málaga Preview
Zinedine Zidane is concerned after the back to back defeats this week. They lost on Sunday against Sevilla in La Liga, so the gap in the top of the table narrowed to one points, and then they were defeated by Celta in the first leg of the quarter finals of Copa del Rey.
For this reason, Los Blancos arrive to this game with the need to find a victory. This is the last game of the first round in La Liga, so if they get the three points, Real Madrid will be “Winter Champions”, a honorific ‘title’. Zidane has other concerns because Dani Carvajal is injured, so Danilo has to replace him. Asensio had to go to the hospital for a problem in his right hand and will miss the game. Benzema, Isco or Kovacic could return to the line-up. James will also miss the match because he has muscular problems.
Málaga are having problems recently and they’ve lost the last four games. The new coach, ‘Gato’ Romero’, has still to find the first victory in his debut as a manager in a top flight club. The Uruguayan coach has many injuries in the team and Weligton, Recio, Sandro, Miguel Torres, Kuzmanovic and Ricca will miss the game, whereas Charles, Recio, Keko and Jony are doubtful. New signings Peñaranda and Demichelis could play at Bernabéu.
Real Madrid v Málaga Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Danilo; Casemiro, Modric, Kovacic; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo y Benzema.
Málaga (4-3-3): Kameni; Juan Carlos, Villanueva, Muñoz, Rosales; Camacho, Recio, Fornals; Chory, M. Santos, Peñaranda.
Real Madrid v Málaga Betting Tips
Real Madrid have won 5, drawn 3 and lost 2 games out of the last 10.
Málaga have won 2, drawn 3 and lost 5 of the last 10 games.
In the last 10 games, R. Madrid have scored an average of 2,5 goals and have received and average of 1,4 goals.
In the last 10 games, Málaga have scored an average of 1,5 goals per game and have conceded 2,3 goals per game.
There have been over 2,5 goals in 8 of the last 10 Real Madrid games.
There have been 2,5 goals in 6 of the last 10 Málaga games.
Real Madrid v Málaga Prediction
After back to back defeats in Copa del Rey and La Liga, Real Madrid need to bounce back against Málaga. The Andalusian team is in a poor form and they’ve won only 1 game out of the last 9 matches. For this reason, we can only expect a victory with a lot of goals.
Málaga are conceding a lot of goals in the last games and they have a lot of injured players in the defense line. Actually, they had to sign 36 year-old Demichelis to reinforce this position. Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema, very criticized in the last games, need to step forward and lead the team.
Real Madrid couldn’t beat Málaga last year. At Santiago Bernabéu, the Andalusian team got a goalless draw thanks to the goalkeeper Kameni. At La Rosaleda, Cristiano Ronaldo found the net and also missed a penalty,and Málaga could react and got a point thanks to Albentosa.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid to win 1/8 at Bet365.
Over 2,5 goals 1/4 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 3-0 at 13/2 with Bet365.