La Liga Preview: Malaga CF vs. Athletic Bilbao

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Updated: August 18, 2014
Malaga CF

Match Date: 23 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: La Rosaleda

 

Malaga is in dire need to rebuild its squad after a dismal drop in the La Liga table. Can it make a strong start when it goes against Athletic Bilbao? Well considering how it performed last season, Malaga will be forced to tackle every match as if it is going to be its last.

 

The contenders

Malaga CF

A promising Malaga ultimately spiraled towards the rock bottom pit of the top-fight league table during the last leg of the season. The club, which has developed a reputation of appearing into major European tournaments such as the Champions and Europa League, for example, is nowhere to be found in the La Liga’s current list of elite squads.

 

It is evident that the club readily missed the contributions of its key player such as Isco and Joaquin Sanchez when they were sold last season to clubs such as Real Madrid and Fiorentina. Certainly, the financial crisis as well as mismanagement readily struck the club’s overall performance.

 

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao, together with Atletico Madrid was one of the biggest surprises last season. Previously struggling in the 12th spot during the 2012/ 2013 season, the squad transformed into an ultimate powerhouse.

 

Last season, Athletico Bilbao was hailed as the 4th best squad in La Liga. Aside from the said success, the squad also made it to the Champions League qualifier.

 

Possible head turners

Malaga attracted a number of quality players into its roster this season. Among them is Mexico’ star goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa whose presence is expected to bolster the club’s defence.

 

On the other hand, the recovery of striker Kike Sola brings good news to Athletic Bilbao as the club embarks on their campaign of sporting yet another fantastic finish.

 

What the odds say

With sports betting odds pegged at 2.42, it does not take a genius to see that Athletic Bilbao stands out as the match’s top pick.

Image Source: Werder Bremen