Malaga vs Atletico Madrid Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
February 08, 2018
The clean sheet Kings of La Liga, Atletico Madrid will be confident of shutting the opposition out once again this weekend when they travel to Malaga. The hosts have been goal-shy, finding the back of the net just 14 times in 22 outings. This seems like a no-brainer. Atletico have won their last two fixtures against Malaga without conceding and come into this fixture with back-to-back clean sheets, including a 1-0 win over Valencia, who also occupy a Champions League spot.
Diego Simeone has spoken in praise of Atletico’s strong defence. Their resistance hasn’t come without its sacrifices. Diego Godin lost three teeth in the recent victory over Valencia when he collided with goalkeeper Neto in the air. He could be out action for a couple of weeks with surgery required to correct his dental issues. Not to be sweated in the short-term. Los Rojiblancos should manage just fine in his absence this weekend.
It’s almost hard not to feel sorry for the Malaga defence given their improvement over the last few months. They haven’t conceded more than two goals since November and haven’t conceded more than one goal in six games. Yet from those two games, Malaga have taken two from possible 18 points. They’re being let down in the attacking half of the pitch – with one goal in those six games – and are unlikely to add to their paltry goal tally against Atletico.