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Malaga vs Barcelona

by Kimi Nguyen on La Liga

Malaga‘s Bernd Schuster saw his new team struggle to produce scoring opportunities vs. Valencia. However, tougher test awaits them at home as Barcelona visit La Rosaleda on Sunday.

Xavi volleyed home his first goal as Barcelona beat Levante 7-0

Malaga welcomed ‘the Blond Angel’ Bernd Schuster as Manuel Pellegrini joined Manchester City in June. Having been denied from Europa League, Malaga lamented the exodus of their key players – Joaquin, Isco, Toulalan, Demichelis and Baptista. With inadequate replacements, Malaga isn’t expected to have the similar success like last year – ranking 6th in La Liga and more impressively, reaching Champions League semi final.

Barcelona started the season on a high note. 7-0 thrashing win last week could be unconvincing to the skeptics that claim the Levante squad too old to withstand Barca’s pace. Nonetheless, Barca hasn’t got the best pre-season form due to sudden managerial changes. Tata Martino stepped up to replace Tito Vilanova on July. His football philosophy resembles Marcelo Bielsa – fluid passing games with a more direct approach than tiki-taka and more pressing in opponent’s third, even for Messi. Barcelona look to thrive under the change of pace.

 

Team Stats

Current Form: Last 5 games

Malaga Barcelona
Win 2 3
Draw 0  1
Loss 3  1

H2H Comparison: Previous 5 meetings

Malaga Draw Barcelona
La Rosaleda 0 0 5
Nou Camp 0 1 4
Overall 0 1 4

Betegy’s Predictions

Betting Tips

BOTH TEAM TO SCORE – No one will argue on Barcelona’s chance to win this. However, for the last 9 meetings, Barcelona and Malaga contributed great games for neutral with goals for both sides. Even 8/9 games ended with more than 3 goals. It could be interesting to observe some difference this season as both underwent managerial changes.Yet Betegy are certain that history will repeat.

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