Malaga vs Barcelona preview, betting tips and prediction: Blaugrana expected to cruise to victory on Costa Del Sol
The Barcelona train keeps on chugging with the La Blaugrana closing in on a La Liga unbeaten record. They successfully handled their closest challengers last week when Atletico Madrid came to town, winning 1-0.
Their dependence on Lionel Messi’s magic was once again evident as it was the little forward’s divine inspiration that separated the two sides. It takes something special to beat Jan Oblak and Messi delivered it with a stunning free-kick. With the league effectively sewn up, Barcelona can focus fully on their Champions League efforts.
They have the second leg of their last 16 tie against Chelsea coming up in a few days. A tie that they should win. Before that, they visit Malaga for the inevitable collection of three points. Malaga are rock bottom of La Liga and by all measures doomed.
Unsurprisingly, their inability to score goals is causing them to sink towards the second tier. They’ve managed a shocking 16 strikes in 26 games. Barcelona have two players who have more than 16 goals in Messi (24) and Luis Suarez (20). This game is only going to go one way.
Barcelona are doing so well that they don’t really even have to worry about the welfare of their marquee signing from last summer, Ousmane Dembele. The French forward has failed to settle in Spain with injury problems being partial to blame. However, there are concerns about the youngster’s off-the-pitch antics and poor diet.
He’ll be out the door in the summer if he doesn’t get his act together. Barcelona wait for no man – apart from Lionel Messi of course, who will more than likely add to his tally in the Costa del Sol this weekend.