La Liga Match Preview: Malaga vs. Atletico Madrid

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Updated: January 2, 2014
Diego Costa

Match Date: 04 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue:  Estadio La Rosaleda

 

Malaga

The last two La Liga weeks of 2013 were rousing periods for Malaga, posting clean sheets against Getafe and Elche. The six points earned from these battles were substantial additions to the side’s league score, and consequently, important contributing factors to their placement in the table’s top half.

 

Malaga’s win over Elche was their very first away victory in the season, easing the pressure on coach Bernd Schuster. In addition, it was a good way to get back on their foot after they were trounced in the Copa del Rey.

 

Midfielder Ignacio Camacho headed in Duda Barbosa’s free kick in the sixth minute, which was the only goal scored in the match. Elche managed to display the most action to Malaga’s final third but failed to create chances. The team were reduced to 10 men in the 60th minute when defender Damian Suarez earned his second booking for a tackle on Camacho.

 

Atletico Madrid

Undefeated for more than a dozen matches (all competitions), Atletico Madrid remain strong in the Spanish top-flight league. The side are now level on points with leaders Barcelona, outranked only by one goal. The neck-and-neck battle for the top spot promises a thrilling war throughout the competition.

 

Atletico went into the winter break with a 100 percent home record, following their triumph over Levante 3-2. Diego Costa scored twice in the fixture despite his team’s poor concentration in the match’s earlier portions. Diego Simeone’s side have been reputed for their consistency, but they left gaps and failed to pick up their men in defense. Nevertheless, they still vaunt a powerful attack that most clubs in the competition would salivate to achieve.

 

Football betting tip: This match will yield a thrilling display, although in the end, Atletico Madrid would still score notches adrift of Malaga. A narrow scoring difference will separate the sides and rare spectacles should be expected.

 

Diego Costa | Image source: BBC