LaLiga, Round 19

Real Madrid vs Malaga – Preview, Team news, Possible lineups

After falling in Seville and again at Bernabeu against Celta, Real Madrid will desperately try to get back to winning ways against Malaga.

By Richard Downing

Real Madrid will close the first half-season of fixtures in LaLiga in their match against Malaga.

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Except their meeting against Valencia at Mestalla, that has been postponed due to Los Blancos playing Club World Cup in December, after this meeting Real Madrid will have played against all the opponents in LaLiga this season. So far so good, as if they win in this match they have guaranteed first place regardless of Sevilla and Barcelona results.

Moreover, Real Madrid will want to beat Malaga after two consecutive defeats (both 1-2, against Sevilla in LaLiga and Celta Vigo in Copa del Rey) to prove their recent poor run is of a short nature.

Meanwhile, things are looking pretty grim for Malaga. Having last won in November of 2016 (4-3 against Deportivo) and manager Juande Ramos departing the club after Christmas, Los Boquerones are having all sorts of troubles after a very solid beginning of the season. Of course, survival shouldn’t be an issue, but they wanted so much more from this season having assembled a really good squad.

With two players called up to AFCON and plague of injuries upon them, Malaga will pray for a miracle at Bernabeu to somehow turn their fortunes around in LaLiga.

Current league table:

Head to Head:

In 78 competitive matches between Real Madrid and Malaga in history, the visitors from Andalusia have fared very miserably, achieving only 10 victories compared to 49 of Los Blancos. At Bernabeu the record is even worse – Malaga have never won there. However, last season brought two draws between the teams as 0-0 at Bernabeu in September was followed by 1-1 at Rosaleda in February – teams’ most recent meeting.

Statistics

Lineups & Ratings of the most recent meeting:

Date: 21 Jan 2017
Time: 16:15 CET
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Referee: Gil Manzano
Current odds: real-madrid 1.13 – 10.00 – 17.00 Malaga

Team news – Real Madrid real-madrid

In addition to Gareth Bale who is slowly recovering, James Rodriguez, Pepe and Carvajal will miss the clash, making Madrid’s defence little bit less encouraging. Danilo and Nacho will probably play at full-backs in this one with Marcelo getting some deserved rest although Zidane could still decide to play him if necessary.

Lucas Vazquez should play instead of Bale in attack while midfield options are still open to Isco taking Kroos’ place.

Team news – Malaga Malaga

Malaga have much more troubles in their squad. Of course, Bakary Kone and En Nesyri are playing at the AFCON at the moment for Burkina Faso and Morocco respectively, meaning they are won’t play. Next big miss for Malaga will be Diego Llorente, Real Madrid’s player on loan who can’t play due to the clause in contract.

Alongside them, Miguel Torres, Ricca, Weligton and Kuzmanovic are injured, as is of course Sandro Ramirez, Malaga’s top scorer and attacking asset.

Adalberto Penaranda will be used as the top forward for the visitors with Chori, Pablo Fornals and Santos playing behind him.

Possible lineups:

Match facts:

  • Real Madrid have only lost once in their 30 LaLiga games against Malaga (W21 D8), 3-2 in December 2012.
  • Malaga have beaten Real Madrid only once in LaLiga, fewer than against any other team (min. 20 games played).
  • Real Madrid have not lost in their 15 home league games played against the Boqueron team (W12 D3), and failed to score on only one occasion (0-0 in September 2015).
  • Real Madrid have scored the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of games in LaLiga this season (6), while Malaga have conceded the most in that time (8).
  • Malaga have scored 50% of their goals from set-piece situations, the highest rate of a single side in LaLiga 2016/17.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 goals against Malaga in LaLiga, more than any other player in the competition.
  • Isco scored the first of goal of the game for Malaga in their only victory against Real Madrid in LaLiga.
  • Karim Benzema has scored at least once in three of his last four league games at Santiago Bernabeu against Malaga (four goals).

Team streaks:

  • Real Madrid haven’t won in their last 3 matches.
  • There have been more than 2.5 goals in each of last 6 Real Madrid matches.
  • Real Madrid have been first team to score in 7 of their last 9 matches.
  • Malaga are on a 4 matches losing run.
  • Malaga haven’t won in their last 7 matches.
  • Both teams have scored a goal in 5 of last 6 Malaga’s matches.

Real Madrid vs Malaga