Barcelona vs Malaga:All you need to know about this match
La liga leaders Barcelona will face rock bottom Malaga in this matchday as Ernesto Valverde’s men will try to continue
their unbeaten run in the league. Ernesto Valverde reflects on his first 100 days as manager.
The Barcelona coach joked that his start at the club has “not been boring”, having overseen 10 wins and a draw in his opening 11 games.
They host Malaga at Camp Nou with Michel’s men still winless and sitting rock bottom of the table having endured a disastrous start to the campaign.
Competition – La liga
Date – Saturday, October 21
Time – 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET
Venue – Camp Nou,Barcelona
TV Info – BT Sport(UK), Fox Sports(US), beIN Sports
Live Stream – beIn Sports Live, Fox Sports Go, Sony Liv
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There is a tougher stretch to come for Barcelona but for now, they are racking up the points.
The Catalans are virtually assured of Champions League progression at the halfway stage of the first round and have a four-point lead at the top of La Liga – five over likely title rivals Real Madrid.
Now there is a balancing act for Valverde, who must ensure his best players remain fresh while not putting his team’s current momentum at risk by rotating too much.
Lionel Messi,the Argentine magician started the campaign with a blast by scoring 11 goals in liga already.Having scroed his 100th European goal in the last match the forward will definietly looking forward to add into his tally today.
In sharp contrast Malaga didn’t started the season very well.They have taken just one point from eight league games all season.
However, Malaga have a decent record against Barcelona, having won their last meeting in April and drawn the one before in November.
“It’s something to keep in mind,” Valverde said. “Malaga have done a good job against Barca regardless of which coach they have. They come in need, last with one point.”
Malaga coach Michel promised his team would travel to Barcelona with every intention of playing for the points on offer, although Andres Prieto will start in goal as Roberto is injured.
“We’re going there with our own intentions,” he said. “We’ve been working all week to find solutions and we know that, even so, it’s not easy. There are three points at stake and we’re going to fight for them as long as we can, and if it’s until the end, then all the better.”
Malaga’s only point to date came in a 3-3 draw with Athletic Bilbao on September 23, which was impressive in its manner as they scored two late goals despite being down to 10 men.
“There’s only one way to get out of this situation, and that’s with confidence, being responsible and by each player doing their job,” Michel added.
“The players came to this conclusion a while ago. I don’t know anyone who, in a team sport, gets out of a problem alone. Last season I went all out for my players and did very well for them. This year I’ll do the same for the guys, and I want them to know that.”
Recent form (Last 5 matches – All Competitions):
Barcelona: W W W D W
Malaga: L L D L L
Probable line-up: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Messi, L. Suarez.
Injuries and Suspensions: Ousmane Dembele(injured),Rafinha(injured),Jordi Alba(injured)
Probable line-up: Prieto; Rosales, Hernandez, Baysse, Juankar; Cecchini, Rolon; Mula, Juanpi, Rolan; Penaranda.
Injuries and Suspensions:Roberto(injured), Javi Ontiveros(injured), Zdravko Kuzmanovic(injured),Recio(suspended)
With the recent form into consideration Barcelona with the attacking threat they had,it won’t be that much difficult against the struggling Malaga particularly in their homeground.
I will go for an easy 3-0 victory for Barcelona.