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Malaga v Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips – 10th March 2018

9th March 2018 / lee
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Malaga v Barcelona La Liga, 10th March 7.45pm

Barcelona made a huge statement last weekend as they beat second-placed Atletico Madrid 1-0 thanks to a strike by Lionel Messi. That leaves them eight points clear at the top now and they make a trip to bottom side Malaga on the weekend. Things are looking pretty hopeless for Malaga who are eight points away from safety.

Malaga v Barcelona Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/4, Draw 5/1, Malaga 12/1* (Betting Odds taken at 01:53 a.m. on March 8th, 2018)

Malaga v Barcelona Betting Tips

Malaga are heading towards the second tier in Spain with a pretty hopeless season behind them. They have lost their last six games now, scoring just the one goal in total in their last seven. They are winless in twelve league outings now (D2 L10) and their home form reads just W2 D3 L8. So it is hard to see how they are going to raise a challenge to Barcelona on the weekend. They are on a three-match losing streak at home, all one-goal margin defeats against Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla, all top five sides. Five of their eight home defeats this season have been by just the one-goal margin. They have come up with just the ten goals in their thirteen home fixtures in the Spanish top flight this season though and they have averaged 1.4 goals per game against. Barcelona to win to nil at bet365 is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on March 8th, 2018 at 7:31 p.m.). Malaga’s chances of keeping a clean sheet are pretty slim as they have taken one in just 11% of games this season and haven’t banked one in any of their last six.

So this should be fairly routine for Barcelona one would imagine. The Catalans are W10 D4 for the season away from home and overall this term they are unbeaten. They came through a stern test at home against Atletico Madrid last weekend. Away from home, they are W1 D2 in their last three having been held to surprise 1-1 draws in that sequence at Espanyol and Las Palmas. Barcelona to win by a one-goal margin is at 11/4* (betting odds taken on March 8th, 2018 at 7:31 p.m.). Barcelona have scored an average of 2.3 goals per game away from the Nou Camp so far this season and they have shipped only the seven goals. They have scored in each of their last fourteen league games away from home in a fantastic run of form. After his winner last weekend against Atletico Madrid, Lionel Messi is up to 24 league goals for the season with nine on the road. Luis Suarez however, is their top scorer away from home with a fantastic eleven goal haul.

Malaga v Barcelona Head to Head

Barcelona have a pretty imperious record against Malaga holding a 24-4 head to head lead over them with seven draws. The Catalans took a 2-0 home win over them earlier this season which was after failing to beat them last season actually. Barcelona lost this fixture 2-0 last season in a shocker and they are only W1 D1 L1 in their last three on the road to Malaga. Both teams have scored in just one of the last nine meetings.

Who will win – Malaga v Barcelona Predictions

The likelihood is that Barcelona will ease themselves to a win in this away game. There doesn’t appear to be any danger of a repeat upset from last season’s meeting. Backing Barcelona to win to nil in the game should deliver.

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