Spanish La Liga title contenders Atletico Madrid host Malaga in Vicente Calderon for their third league game in seven days.
Atletico Madrid on Wednesday fought hard for the maximum point in the clash with Athletic Bilbao to ensure they stay in the 2nd position with same point as the 1st placed Barcelona.
Malaga also fought hard for a point in their Wednesday home clash with Rayo Vallecano. The Boquerones sits 9th on the log with 42 points from 33 league games.
- Atletico Madrid are currently on 4 games winning streak with 3 from the league
- Atletico Madrid have won 4 of their last 5 home games league, with one ending in a draw
- Malaga have failed to win in their last 4 league games
- Malaga have 3 of their last 5 away league games, drawn 1, and lost 1
Atletico Madrid: Team news
Diego Simeone is facing another injury crisis in defense as key player Diego Godin is having a hamstring problem. The Uruguay international was substituted 10 minutes into the game against Bilbao. However, Gabi will be available for the Saturday’s clash, after he was out of the mid-week game due to a suspension.
Atletico Madrid: Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2)
Oblak: Luis, Hernandez, Savic, Juanfran: Gabi, Koke, Yannick, Niguez: Antoine, Torres
Malaga: Team news
Carlos Kameni is reported to be back in training. The Cameroon international has been out of action since March due to Meniscus Injury.
Malaga: Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2)
Ochoa: Ricca, Weligton, Albentosa, Rosales: Castro, Recio, Camacho, Juanpi: Cop, Charles
Atletico Madrid Vs Malaga: Head-To-Head-Stats
The first leg of the same encounter earlier this season, ended in a 1-0 victory for Malaga. A late strike from Charles gave the Boquerones the last laugh.
However, in the last 10 meeting among these sides Atletico Madrid won in 4 and lost 2, with the remaining 4 ending in a draws. The year 2011 was the last time Malaga got a victory at the Calderon. Then Pelligrini tutored Malaga got a 3-0 convincing victory at Madrid over Quique Flores led Rojiblancos.
Atletico Madrid Vs Malaga: Prediction
There is a lot at stake for Atletico Madrid if they failed to get all point at home on Saturday. The Madrid team is closely followed by Real Madrid and sits on the top with same point with Barcelona.
With hope that the usual fighting and determined Atletico will show on Saturday, I forecast nothing but the maximum point for Atletico Madrid.