Malaga vs Barcelona: LaLiga leaders to ease past bottom club

Malaga vs Barcelona: LaLiga leaders to ease past bottom club

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Odds: Malaga 19/2, Draw 19/4, Barcelona 1/4

Kick Off: 1945, 10/03/2018

Stadium: La Rosaleda

TV: Sky Sports

Barcelona took a huge step towards LaLiga title glory when beating Atletico Madrid last week and can now brush aside basement dwellers Malaga.

The Catalan giants won’t be taking anything for granted after going down 2-0 at La Rosaleda last season.

Memories of that defeat can inspire a clinical display on Saturday, so Evens for an away win to nil is the first of our Malaga vs Barcelona betting predictions.

A Look At Malaga’s Betting Odds

Malaga’s off-field problems have finally taken a toll this term, with just 13 points picked up from 27 LaLiga fixtures, leaving them six adrift at the foot of the table.

Last Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Leganes was their sixth straight defeat and made it 12 matches without a win.

The hosts have drawn a blank in front of goal in nine of those outings and have been consistently poor going forward.

Malaga must hope Barca are distracted by next Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Chelsea, but we still expect a smooth success for the Catalan giants.

Looking at the Malaga vs Barcelona odds, 21/4 for a 2-0 away victory stands out to us.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Barcelona’s battle with Atletico was a predictably tense affair, but Lionel Messi’s 26th-minute strike proved enough to settle the issue – and probably the Spanish title race.

Ernesto Valverde hailed his team for coping with the pressure of such an “intense match” and will want another disciplined display here.

Midfielder Sergi Roberto commented: “The distance to second place is good, but there are many games left and we shouldn’t stop working, because we want to take the three points in each match.”

Barca have been superb at the back this season, with only 13 goals conceded in 27 games.

Up front, Messi and Luis Suarez look set for a private duel to claim LaLiga Golden Boot glory, with the Argentina ace now four ahead on 24.

We’re backing Messi to extend that advantage and like an 11/1 scorecast for him to net first in a 2-0 win to complete our Malaga vs Barcelona betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

Leganes 2-0 MALAGA

BARCELONA 1-0 Atletico Madrid – Lionel Messi

Head-to-head: Barcelona 2-0 Malaga, Malaga 2-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 0-0 Malaga, Malaga 1-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-0 Malaga

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Best bets for Malaga vs Barcelona

Barcelona to win to nil @ Evens

Barcelona to win 2-0 @ 21/4

Messi to score first in 2-0 win @ 11/1