Barcelona vs. Malaga Preview: Messi Is Back, Injury Issues Shifted To Iniesta And Pique

Updated: January 22, 2014
Barcelona-Iniesta And Pique

Despite the injury issues that Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique confront, the online betting                                                        favorite, Barcelona remains strong as Lionel Messi’s return to the pitch spark inspiration in the pitch.



Match Date: 24 January 2014 (local time)

Venue: Estadio Camp Nou

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A draw against Levante heightens the pressure felt by Barcelona. Tied with Atletico Madrid on the top spot of the table, the club cannot afford to lose the match against Malaga.


Barcelona might be in their terrific form, but this does not spare them from Atletico Madrid’s threats. A simple mistake might sideline them in the title race and disappoint many of its supporters. It is for this reason that the Malaga encounter plays a significant role in their title campaign.

Lionel Messi is already back in the squad and one can expect the talisman to continue playing and hopefully avoid another injury issue. Yet, while Messi enjoys his dose of pitch escapades, it is unsure if Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique can make it to the match as both players are nursing an injury.



Malaga faces an uphill task of trying to move away from the bottom part of the table as they confront Barcelona.


Malaga is still a few notches away from the relegation zone, but their current situation is far from being safe. Sitting on the 14th spot of the table, a series of losses can pull them downward.


Despite Bernd Schuster’s belief in the club’s improvement, an overall look into their real situation tells a different story. During their last six (6) matches, Malaga has an equal number of wins, losses and draws. Although this is a bit satisfactory, the tight competition cannot warrant such performance and true enough, the club is compelled to secure more victories in their next matches.


Online betting’s top pick: Barcelona

There is no question that Barcelona plays the strongest at Camp Nou. Their last twenty-four (24) matches have seen them emerge as the victorious side and it is less likely for them to throw the white towel in this match.



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