Preview: Barcelona v Malaga

A prevalent Barcelona will be looking to say their dominant start in La Liga when they horde a Malaga outfit in apocalyptic straits during a Nou Camp on Saturday.

La Liga
Date: 21 Oct 2017
Match Day 9
Kick-off: 20H45 (GMT+2)
Venue: Camp Nou

Referee: P. González
Assistants: M. Martínez, C. García
Fourth official: A. Sánchez

Head-to-head summary

Barcelona 34 23 7 4
Malaga 34 4 7 23

Previous encounter

Malaga 2-0 Barcelona 08/04/17 (La Liga)

Malaga goalscorers: S. Ramirez (32′), Jony (90′)

Players to watch

Unsurprisingly, Barcelona’s luminary playmaker Lionel Messi has been heading from a front this season, scoring a marvellous 15 goals in usually 13 games in all competitions, while also adding 4 assists.

Malaga’s goals have been few and distant between this campaign. They’ve usually scored 4 in sum and striker Diego Rolan has contributed dual of them, with Paul Baysse and Diego Gonzalez chipping in with one each.

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Team form and manager quotes

The Catalans have been in despotic form in a Spanish Primera Division so far, winning no reduction than 7 of their 8 games, usually dropping points in a 1-1 pull divided during Atletico Madrid in their final joining outing.

The fortifying Spanish Cup champions come into a strife on a behind of a 3-1 win over Olympiacos in a UEFA Champions League organisation theatre in midweek, and they will be anticipating they can say that movement during home.

Barcelona also demeanour set to give Arda Turan his initial diversion after sitting out a pull with Atletico and a win over Olympiacos.

A matter on a club’s central website read: “Wednesday night’s starters did liberation work and Arda Turan was behind with a group. Three haven players [Morer, Santi Bueno, Moisés and Samu Araujo] and one from a Under-19 group [Iñaki Peña] also took partial in a event that served as a commencement of Barça’s preparations for a subsequent compare — Saturday’s La Liga confront with Málaga during Camp Nou.”

Meanwhile, Malaga have done a horrible start to their 2017/18 campaign, bagging usually a singular point, in a 3-3 pull with Athletic Bilbao, while losing all 7 of their other fixtures.

The visitors transport to Barcelona carrying mislaid 2-0 opposite Sevilla and Leganes in their many new ties and find themselves secure to a bottom of a standings, already 5 points next safety.

Malaga might take heart from a fact that they kick Barca in their many new encounter, a 2-0 feat behind in April, though manager Michel admits it will be tough to replicate that result.

He said, according to Mundo Deportivo: “It’s not easy, though there are 3 points and we will brawl them as distant as we can and, if it is to a end, it’s better. Barcelona is a transparent favorite.”

Team news

Barca will be blank dual pivotal group in Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha, who are both sidelined with injuries, though Turan looks set to come behind into a fray.

Malaga are but a services of Diego Gonzalez and Zdravko Kuzmanovic, while Recio serves a suspension.

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