Malaga v Atletico Madrid Preview

January 3, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPrimera La Liga action Saturday Afternoon comes from the Estadio La Rosaleda featuring Malaga versus Atletico Madrid.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 15:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Malaga v Atletico Madrid Preview, Primera La Liga, Saturday 4th January 2014

Malaga head into this game with plenty of confidence having won their last two league matches on the bounce and now with home advantage where they have a decent enough record against their visitors, both the players and fans are unlikely to be phased at going up against the joint league leaders.

Atletico Madrid head into the game having had a season to remember so far as they currently occupy top position in the league table along with Barcelona and with Diego Simeone side having last lost a game way back on the 19th October 2013, it really is going to take a very strong side to stop them winning matches and I just don’t think Malaga have the necessary strength in their squad to be the ones to do so.

Malaga v Atletico Madrid Team News

Malaga Team News:

El Hamdaoui and Casado are both still receiving treatment for respective injury problems and remain unavailable as does Fernando Tissone as he serves a one match suspension. 4-2-3-1 will be the likely formation that manager Bernd Schuster will use for this game which will see Juanmi leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Duda, Morales and Portillo.

Striker Roque Santa Cruz is the clubs leading top goalscorer this season with 4.

Atletico Madrid Team News:

Mario Suarez is the only casualty for the visitors as he continues to recover from a knee injury, otherwise manager Diego Simeone has a full strength squad to choose his starting line up from which should consist of a 4-2-3-1 formation that will see Diego Costa leading the attack up front with support behind being provided by Turan, Koke, Villa, Gabi and Tiago.

Striker Diego Costa is the clubs current top goalscorer this season and current Primera La Liga top goalscorer with 19.

Malaga v Atletico Madrid Head to Head Statistics

Saturday afternoon’s game from the Estadio La Rosaleda will become the 21st meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Malaga have won 6 times (4 at the Estadio La Rosaleda), Atletico Madrid have won 10 times (3 at the Estadio La Rosaleda), and there has been 4 draws (3 at the Estadio La Rosaleda).

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show Atletico Madrid with a slight advantage having won 2 times with Malaga having managed just the 1 victory and the remaining 2 games having finished all square.

03/03/13 PRD Malaga – Atletico Madrid 0 : 0
07/10/12 PRD Atletico Madrid – Malaga
2 : 1
05/05/12 PRD Atletico Madrid – Malaga 2 : 1
07/01/12 PRD Malaga – Atletico Madrid 0 : 0
07/05/11 PRD Atletico Madrid – Malaga 0 : 3

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

55 goals (34 goals at the Estadio La Rosaleda) have been scored in the previous 20 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average overall goals per game statistic of 2.75 and an average goals per game statistic of 3.40 from the 10 games played at the Estadio La Rosaleda which suggests that we are likely to see at least a couple of goals scored in this game on saturday afternoon.

Malaga v Atletico Madrid Recent Form (Left to Right)

Malaga: D D W D W

Atletico Madrid: W W W W W

Atletico Madrid dominate the recent form statistics having won all 5 of their previous matches played. Malada have only manged 2 wins from their last 5 games played but like their visitors do remain unbeaten during this period having drawn their other 3.

Malaga v Atletico Madrid Match Betting Odds Market.

Malaga are not expected to win this game on saturday afternoon with the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 13/2 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) for manager Bernd Schuster and his side to pull off what would be a major shock result.

The Draw has happened on the last two previous occassions when these two sides have played each other at the Estadio La Rosaleda, but it does seem an unlikely outcome in this game as Atletico Madrid are the strongest they have been for many years, so I can’t really see many punters being tempted by the current best price of 10/3 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers).

Atletico Madrid are unbeaten since the 19th October and are currently on a run of six victories on the bounce and with the form Diego Costa is in up front for them it should not come as much of a surprise to see the online bookmakers having the visitors the clear odds on favourites to win this game at odds of 11/20 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Malaga v Atletico Madrid Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Malaga will certainly fancy their chances of causing a massive upset in this game, especially having won their last two games in succession and having the all important home advantage where Atletico Madrid have only managed one victory more than them in the previous meetings over the years.

However, I just can’t see the hosts being strong enough to contain the likes of Diego Costa and David Villa and for me this should be another comfortable victory for Diego Simeone’s side on Saturday afternoon, unfortunately the current odds on an away win here doesn’t provide much in the way of value and with the previous two meetings at the Estadio La Rosaleda having both finished 0-0, the odds look even less value.

The goal statistics suggest this game to see plenty of goals scored, despite the last two matches played there having finished 0-0 so betting markets such as Both Teams to Score YES, Over 2.5, Goals and Anytime Goalscorer’s and Total Match Goals 2 or 3 could be the best places to concentrate on here in the search for value.

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