Estadio La Rosaleda is set to host the clash between Atletico Madrid and the home side, Malaga. Atleti will travel to Malaga in search of their third straight La Liga win. On the other hand, the hosts will be hoping not to get battered from a strong team in front of their own fans.
The match will kick-off at 15:15 GMT and the referee will be Jose Sanchez.
Malaga might have lost their best chance of picking up some crucial points after they were beaten by fellow relegation candidates, Las Palmas. They lost the relegation six-pointer last week after conceding a goal in the ninetieth minute. Halilovic scored from inside the box as the Malaga defense was not able to clear the ball out of the danger zone.
The Albiceleste stay rooted to the bottom of the Liga Santander table. The defeat to Las Palmas means that they are already seven points away from safety.
The hosts for the game have only won three league games so far. Unsurprisingly, they have the most defeats in the league as well. Malaga has the worst goals to game ratio at only 0.6 goals per match.
High flying Atletico Madrid registered yet another win in the league beating another side gunning for the second spot, Valencia. Los Colchoneros won the game only by a goal. Despite the lack of goals, the game was a complete thriller. The awesome moment of the game was the stunner from Atleti midfielder, Angel Correa, which was enough to bag them all three points.
Atleti now have fourteen wins in the league so far in twenty-two games and have only lost one game this whole campaign, which was against Espanyol. They haven’t scored as many goals as they used to; finding the back of the net just 33 times, the worst record within the top four. However, Los Cholchoneros have the best defense in the league conceding only nine goals.
Malaga have got their hands on all three points at home on only two occasions this season. But, their opponents for the game, Atletico Madrid are ruthless away from home winning seven out of eleven games played on the road.
Jose Gonzalez will not be able to call upon two of his center-forwards, Diego Rolan and Adalberto Penaranda, due to injuries. The Uruguayan has Achilles irritation while the Venezuelan is out because of muscle injury.
Left-back Juankar is sidelined because of cruciate ligament rupture while right-back Miquel Torres has muscular problems.
Gonzalo Castro and Rolan have scored three goals each in the league, the highest this season for the club.
The only injury that Diego Simeone has to deal with is the absence of Filipe Luis who is out from the squad due to a hamstring injury.
Stefan Savic recovered from hamstring problems and featured in the match against Valencia.
Antoine Griezmann has netted seven goals in the season, a low tally according to his standards but the addition of Diego Costa has bolstered their attack.
Head To Head
The Albiceleste have only won one out of four previous meetings between the two clubs, which was last season. The most recent match between Atleti and Malaga was played earlier this season in which Atletico was able to grab all three points with a 1-0 win.
Malaga vs Atletico Madrid Lineup (Possible XI)
Malaga Lineup (4-4-2)
Rosales – Luis Hernandez – Miquel – Ricca
Keko – Iturra – Recio – Samu
Atletico Madrid Lineup (4-4-2)
Juanfran – Savic – Godin – Luis Hernandez
Correa – Koke – Gabi – Carrasco
Malaga vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Atletico Madrid are high on confidence after the win against rivals, Valencia and will look to continue their fine form against struggling Malaga.
Atleti have cut the gap from the top to nine points, and with every win, they can be able to put pressure on Barcelona. This match should be an easy win on the road for Atleti.
Our Prediction: Malaga 0-2 Atletico Madrid.