La Liga’s top team visits the division’s basement side on Saturday as Barcelona travel to an out-of-form Malaga, who lie seven points adrift at the foot of the table. Ernesto Valverde’s side will be massive favourites against a Malaga side who are without a win in 12 and have lost five in a row.
Where and when: Estadio La Rosaleda – 10 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Malaga v Barcelona: Sky Sports, William Hill
Last time: Barcelona recorded a two-goal victory over the Andalucian side back in October at the Camp Nou, with Gerard Deulofeu and Andres Iniesta scoring for the Catalan giants.
Malaga v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona’s victory over Atletico Madrid has restored their sizable gap at the top of La Liga to eight points – a seemingly commanding lead with just 11 matches remaining.
However, Barca have drawn three of their last six league games – all against sides in the bottom half of the table.
Malaga also have a strong recent record over Barca, taking four points off them in two of the previous three seasons.
The Blaugrana are considered massive favourites for this game and are available to win at 2/7 while a surprise home win is priced at 11/1 with the draw available at 49/10.
These two sides have great pride in their strong defensive records this season (Malaga have conceded only three more goals than fifth-placed Sevilla) – under 2.5 goals is priced at 13/8 with fewer than 1.5 goals at 5/1.
Barcelona are available at 23/20 to win to nil, while a ‘double chance’ on the home side winning or drawing is available at 14/5.
One to watch for Malaga: The hosts have managed a miserly 16 league goals this season, of which Youssef En-Nesyri has scored two – both of which have arrived in his last eight appearances. The Moroccan is priced at 5/1 to score here.
One to watch for Barcelona: Luis Suarez has already scored 22 goals this season for Barcelona, including 17 in his last 17 in all competitions. He is priced at 13/17 to score anytime in this fixture.
Long shot: Malaga have kept four clean sheets in their last seven matches against Barca, and a home win to nil is available at 20/1.