Spanish champions Real Madrid will look to build on their dramatic Champions League progress past Juventus as they return to league duty at basement side Malaga at Estadio La Rosaleda on Sunday evening. Zinedine Zidane’s side will be favourites as they take on the Andalusian side who have just won victory in 16 games.
Where and when: Estadio La Rosaleda– 15 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Malaga v Real Madrid: Sky Sports, William Hill
Last time: Madrid ran out 3-2 victors at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu back in November thanks to goals from Karim Benzema, Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo with Diego Rolan and Gonzalo Castro on target for the visitors.
Malaga v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Madrid’s form has improved markedly since the turn of the year but they have slipped back to fourth in La Liga after being held by Atletico in the Madrid derby.
Zinedine Zidane’s team also defeated both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in the Champions League this season and Los Blancos are now prioritising adding a fourth European Cup in five years.
Malaga’s last-gasp defeat at fellow strugglers Deportivo on Friday night, coupled with Levante’s late win over Las Palmas, appears to have condemned Jose Gonzalez’s side to the drop.
The Costa del Sol club are now 14 points from safety with just seven games remaining and it appears they will be playing in Spain’s second tier next season.
The Spanish and European champions are favourites to win this clash at 3/10, while an unlikely home victory is available at 23/2 with the draw priced at 11/2.
A ‘double’ chance on a Malaga win or a draw is available at 3/1 while over 3.5 goals in the game is priced attractively at 11/8, with over 4.5 goals at 3/1.
One to watch for Malaga: Midfielder Gonzalo Castro is Malaga’s top league scorer with four goals and he scored at the Bernabeu earlier this season. He is available at 7/2 to find the net at any point in this game.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 27 goals in his last 16 matches to take him up to 41 goals for Madrid this campaign. The Portuguese star is priced at 7/11 to score anytime in this fixture.
Long shot: Prior to their defeat at Deportivo last time out, Malaga had two clean sheets in a row and a scoreless draw in this game is available at 20/1.