La Liga: Malaga v Real Madrid Preview and Team News
Jose Mourihno has seen his Real Madrid team shut out twice on their travels to deny them a perfect record in La Liga this season.
Online bookmakers are giving away free bets to new sign ups ahead of Saturday night’s La Liga match between Malaga and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda which kicks off at 9.00pm.
Mallorca and Levante were able to keep clean sheets to register 0-0 draws against Real Madrid but Mourinho will expect his side to do much better against a Malaga team that has lost its last three home games.
Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain looks to have shaken off his world cup hangover and is looking a goal threat again while Cristiano Ronaldo predictably scores his share and has netted three times so far this season.
The value goal scorer bet could prove to be striker/wide man Angel Di Maria who is matching Higuain’s scoring record with two La Liga goals this term and is offered at more than twice the odds of his two illustrious team-mates.
Di Maria chipped in with the winning goal in the Champions League game in Auxerre on 28 September and Bet365 are offering odds of 9/1 for him to score the first goal of the game.
Mourinho has called up Pedro Leon, Sergio Canales and Raul Albiol to the squad while Sergio Ramos has recovered from the knock he took against Scotland and makes the trip.
Injuries to Ezequiel Garay, Fernando Gago and Kaka keep them on the sidelines for the time being.
Bizarrely, while Jesualdo Ferreira searches for the first point in front of home support his Mallaga team have collected seven points from their three away games – he knows they can play.
Bookmakers aren’t too concerned that Ferreira will engineer a change of fortune and Ladbrokes are happy to bet 8/1 for Malaga to win.
Ferreira has Brazilian centre back Weligton coming back to form having missed the end of last season and he will be integral to organising a cohesive unit to negate the Madrid attack.
Goalkeeper Ruben Martinez looks unlikely to recover from his training injury and Rodrigo Galatto is ready to take his place between the sticks.
Wide midfielder Eliseu is suspended and will be replaced by Sebastian Fernandez.
Possible starting lineups:
MALLAGA: Galatto, Gamez, Stadsgaard, Weligton, Mtiliga, Fernando, Apono, Silva, Owusu-Abeyie, Luqe, Rondon.
REAL MADRID: Fernandez, Arbeloa, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo, Khedira, Alonso, Ozil, Di Maria, Higuain, Ronaldo.