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Malaga vs Barcelona Preview

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Malaga vs Barcelona

 

Malaga vs Barcelona Preview:

On January 24th Malaga takes on Barcelona at the Estadio La Rosaleda in Málaga. The Blaugranas will try come back on the winning ways after two games without victory. Both teams will aim to progress to the semi-finals and make a pair with Real Madrid. Malaga plays at home arena coming into this second leg match having scored twice at the Camp Nou.

This is second leg of the Copa del Ray quarter finals. It probably will be a very hard match between Malaga and Barcelona which could go either way. The first leg was a superb clash at Camp Nou, where both teams lead for a period before the game ended with the score 2-2.  Both teams have great chances to join Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Malaga are fifth in the Spanish La Liga with thirty two points after twenty games. They have been in inconsistent form lately with one win, two draws and two losses in their last five matches. Last five home games of Los Boquerones have finished with three wins, one draw and one defeat with the score 1-3 from Barcelona one week ago. Goals from Messi, Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara helped Catalans to get three points. Last weekend they had drawn at home with Celta. Malaga are struggling last time with only one victory in their last five fixtures. They need to gather points to finish at top four in La Liga. In the first leg of the midweek Copa del Rey match a goal from Manuel Iturra and a late equaliser from Ignacio Camacho held Malaga a comfortable away-goal advantage. Lionel Messi and Carlos Puyol were on the scoresheet for Barcelona. Malaga have passed Cacereño and Eibar in the previous rounds of the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona are at the top of the La Liga standings with fifty five points after twenty games. Their present form has seen three wins, one draw and one defeat from Real Sociedad with the score 3-2 last weekend. The Blaugrana lost their first league match of the season, after a 2-0 lead. Also, they lost their fifteen-match unbeaten run. Last five games away from home they have finished with four straight wins and one defeat. For this tie Barcelona are strong favourites, Malaga could surprise the entire football world. Also, the Catalans are the current holders of the Copa del Rey, after they defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-0 last season. Barcelona have passed Alaves and Cordoba to progress to this stage.

 

Manuel Pellegrini’s team has an away goal advantage, after drawing 2-2 at the Camp Nou. Malaga will be without Nacho Monreal cause of suspension. To hold the result head coach Pellegrini will use his key players Isco, Joaquin, Welligton and Martin Demichelis. Their new loan signings Lucas Piazon from Chelsea and Diego Lugano from PSG may also play in this game.

The visitors will play without their head coach Tito Vilanova. He receives medical treatment in New York. They can count on Isaac Cuenca. He recuperated after a long period out with a knee injury.

 

Malaga line-up: Kameni, Sanchez, Demichelis, Weligton, Gamez, Toulalan, Camacho, Joaquin, Isco, Eliseu, Santa Cruz.

Malaga

Last three matches:

Malaga 1 – Celta 1;

FC Barcelona 2 – Malaga 2;

Malaga 1 – FC Barcelona 3.

 

Barcelona line-up: Pinto, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi, Iniesta.

Iniesta

Last three matches:

Real Sociedad 3 – FC Barcelona 2;

FC Barcelona 2 – Malaga 2;

Malaga 1 – FC Barcelona 3.

 

 

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