FC Barcelona are set to take on Malaga in the Spanish La Liga game on Saturday night, 08 April 2017 at La Rosaleda Stadium. If Real Madrid drop points in the Madrid derby earlier in the day, it gives Barcelona a massive oppertunity to go top of the table with a win over Malaga. Messi, Suarez and Neymar are playing some superb football in last month or so and Barcelona will go into the game as heavy favourites.
Malaga vs FC Barcelona –
[ Spanish La Liga Match, 08 April 2017 ]
Kickoff: 20:45 local – 19:45 uk time
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Match Preview: Lionel Messi has traveled with the 18-man squad traveled to Malaga, he pulled out of the midweek game against Athletico Bilbao with a hamstring problem but expected to start alongside Suarez on saturday afternoon. But Barcelona will be without Neymar who has been ruled out with a hamstring problem and his return depends on his rate of recovery, but reportedly he will be out for a couple of weeks atleast. Jérémy Mathieu also return to the squad after missing out during the midweek. Munir El Haddadi is expected to start upfront alongside Suarez and Lionel Messi after his superb performances in the cup competition.
Barcelona are currently unbeaten in their last 23 games in all competition and the will be will looking to add to those numbers on saturday against a difficult opponent playing away from home. Malaga are currently sitting 12th in the table with 20 points but their home form has been very good where they have only lost two games in 9 home matches.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on saturday. this is the confirmed lineup.
Barcelona are without Neymar who has been their best player this season but with Messi returning to starting lineup alongside Suarez they should have enough in the tank to get the better of Malaga. An early goal for either side will open up the match and if its Barcelona we can expect a goal flurry. I am going with a 3-1 win for Barcelona in this one.
Barcelona took on Malaga in the Spanish la Liga game this saturday afternoon at La Rosaleda Stadium and it was a superb game of football where Malaga gave it a real good go. Barcelona took the lead in just second minute of the game through Munir El Haddadi but Malaga dominated the first half and got back on level terms at the half hour mark through Juanpi.
Lionel Messi put Barcelona 2-1 up just after the break and Barcelona hold on to their narrow lead as they go top of the table for atleast 1 day as Atletico Madrid are playing Sunday.
Malaga 1-2 FC Barcelona
[ Premier League, 23 January 2016 ]
02′ 0 – 1 Munir El Haddadi
32′ 1 – 1 Juanpi
52′ 1 – 2 Lionel Messi