Malaga vs Real Madrid by DamirJ
In the last game before tonight, Malaga opened the game very strongly, took an early lead in 14th minute with a goal from Samuel, but then withstood great pressure from Osasuna. They were even left with a ten man playing due to exclusion of Jesus Gamez in 51st minute, but still managed to seal the victory with a goal from Amrabat in 66th minute.
This was the way Malaga got three important points in a 2:0 victory away from home against Osasuna, as the team broke a streak of two consecutive draws and five matches run without a victory (had three defeats and two draws). They are now three points above the relegation zone, but haven't secured anything yet and will surely have anxious next weeks. Right back Jesus Gamez (23 matches, 1 assist) is suspended for this game due to his exclusion in previous game, while defensive midfielder Sergi Darder (19 matches, 2 assists) is also out suspended due to yellow cards limit. Their positions should get Marcos Angeleri and Fernando Tissone. Ticket are already sold for this game, while the coach isn't expected to change the squad in comparison to previous match.
Real Madrid took a 3:0 easy victory over Levante last weekend, as the hosts were dominant from the first moment, getting onto the scoreline with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in eleventh minute. They have lost many good opportunities, as the team scored second goal in 49th minute by Marcelo, while the opponents were left with ten players in 63rd minute and home victory wasn't in doubt at all.
With this result, Real returned to the winning ways after their 2:2 derby result against Atletico, taking a difference now to three points against Atletico and four points advantage over Barcelona. Their coach has said that the most important thing is that the team has their own fate in their hands, as he made clear that this game is more important for them than Champions League game against Schalke. Coach Ancelotti doesn't count at suspended Sergio Ramos (24/1), while they also miss right back Alvaro Arbeloa (16/0), same as midfielder Khedira who is already long term absentee. Offensive lineup is well established with Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema leading their attack.
There is no doubt that Real Madrid will be way too dominant in this game and shouldn't blow their chance to continue leading the table just a week before big derby against Barcelona.